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[bit-tech] Mozilla considers tracking Firefox browsing habits

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The Mozilla Foundation, the organisation behind the Firefox web browser, is considering tracking its users’ browsing habits on a voluntary basis.

Last week, Mozilla’s CEO John Lilly revealed that the organisation was working on a project known internally as ‘Data’ – a project that is said to collect data on users’ browsing habits if they chose to opt into the scheme and provide anonymous usage statistics to anyone who wants the information.

“The key insight is not so much that rich clients or web sites are able to collect information about what people do, but rather that this data is one of the most important pieces to faciliate [sic] understanding (and innovation), and is also one of the most under-explored areas of the modern web,†claims Lilly on his blog.

“There remain worlds of information about how people use the web that are locked up and not currently shared,†he later added.

I’m not sure how you feel about this data being collected and freely distributed to anyone who wants the information, but as recent history suggests, anonymous data isn’t always as anonymous as you’d hope – I’m sure many of you will remember AOL’s “slip up†in 2006.
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As long as it's initially opt in and not opt out, and once opted in it's easily opted out of, I'll be happy.
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I agree with paradox. I don't want it to be mandatory, because then I will switch to *gulp*
safari.
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nah, opera is the way to go after firefox.
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Porn, porn, torrents, porn, sports, porn...

Ground breaking.
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Porn, porn, torrents, porn, sports, porn...

Ground breaking.
you forgot porn-torrents
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This smells like it is made of fail
    
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The minute you can't opt out, I will switch to opera or safari.
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Heh, good ol' FF. Always have to opt-in to privy-breaching things. Microshaft and Crapple would both opt-in first, making you opt-out later.
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Yea...maybe I'll go back to Opera if this becomes mandatory.
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