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Mozilla Firefox Privacy Security

Mozilla Delays Default Third-Party Cookie Blocking In Firefox 106

hypnosec writes "Mozilla is not going ahead with its plans to block third-party cookies by default in the Beta version of its upcoming Firefox 22. Mozilla needs more time to analyze the outcome of blocking these cookies. The non-profit organization released Firefox Aurora on April 5 with a patch by Jonathan Mayer built into it which would only allow cookies from those websites which the user has visited. The patch would block the ones from sites which hadn't been visited yet. The reason for Mozilla's change in plans is that they're currently looking into 'false positives.' If a user visits one part of a group of site, cookies from that part will be allowed, but cookies from related sites in the group may be blocked, and they're worried it will create a poor user experience. On the other side of the coin, there are 'false negatives.' Just because a user may have visited a particular site doesn't mean she is comfortable with the idea of being tracked."
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Mozilla Delays Default Third-Party Cookie Blocking In Firefox

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 17, 2013 @11:10AM (#43752621)

    The only thing I notice is I can't comment on Disqus (a 3rd party site that handles comments on some blogs). I don't care about it, block them.

    Firefox should focus on privacy, its their usp. Google for example, doesn't let you accept cookies for the 'session only', you accept them or not on their Android browser. At some point you have to accept cookies, so this is a fake choice, you'll end up with that feature always on because its too much fuss to turn it on when its needed.

    Firefox 'accept cookies for session only' option is my default, it lets me work on sites that use cookies, but throws them away when I close the browser.

    Things like this are why I use Firefox.

  • Bullshit (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Friday May 17, 2013 @11:19AM (#43752753) Journal

    They caved to pressure from advertisers

  • by Luthair ( 847766 ) on Friday May 17, 2013 @12:23PM (#43753761)

    Really, who cares about Disqus? I immediately added a filter for them to adblock when I noticed a suggested thread 'Soandsos baby mama' on the AngularJS API docs.

    Anyone the least bit privacy conscious should be blocking Disqus along with G+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. on their party sites.

  • Re:Ummmm.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Friday May 17, 2013 @01:09PM (#43754425) Homepage Journal

    I block third party cookies. What happens when I land on a page that uses Disqus? I have to coax the browser to log me in to Disqus. And - that is just the way I want things to be. Disqus doesn't need to know where I browse, or what I'm reading, unless and until I CHOOSE to summon Disqus.

    Children, if you're going to dabble in the arcane arts, you must learn to control those demons - or you will find that the demons control YOU!

"If you lived today as if it were your last, you'd buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn't you?" -- Garrison Keillor