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post #11 of 16
Please remove this story. Read: http://groups.google.com/group/mozil...ed1514e5c5dc64
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I'll be more clear, then:

- no, there is no secret data project.
- no, there is no secret plan to snoop or collect user data
- no, we are not already secretly collecting data
- yes, we are trying to figure out how we can accumulate better data about
how users are using their browsers, and what they're trying to accomplish;
as with everything we do, this starts with public discussion to make sure we
do it right in terms of respecting user privacy and our own community
ideals
- that's what Lilly was saying.
- yes, any such program would be opt-in, not opt-out

Alex Polvi recently released a double-opt-in add-on (first you need install
it, then you need to turn it on) which collects clicksteam data to
understand what buttons are pressed most often in the UI. Even in this
add-on, Spectator, the data is double blinded and anonymized.


I know this is a touchy subject, and everyone is looking for a scoop, but
our record here is clear. We're open. We don't do things without talking
about them first.
So we're talking about the goals and objectives and
constraints, and someone from TechCrunch decided to make a story out of it
and misrepresented the facts.


I hope this helps.
I bolded some things for you.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
you forgot porn-torrents
lmao

If it didn't gather personal info and it was strictly information for stats, then I see nothing wrong with it even if it was manditory.
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I agree with paradox. I don't want it to be mandatory, because then I will switch to *gulp*
opera.
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This is not true and is actually FUD. Mozilla has replied to this. Every year you get these lies about open source projects. I wonder who is really responsible for spreading them?
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Originally Posted by TestECull View Post
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.
And they'd only give you the option to opt-out if someone found out about it.
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I wouldn't be surprised if it was Mozilla themselves.

Think about it. You don't hear much about browsers that work as they should other than word of mouth from friends and the odd review. As soon as there's something wrong the world stops spinning, life as we know it ends and blogs and news sites everywhere report it as if it were the gospel.

All the developer needs to do is reply saying that a certain rumour isn't true, people feel at ease and there's a few more people who know about the product.
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