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Privacy and Tracking Protection in Firefox

Privacy and Tracking Protection in Firefox

Surveillance is a growing concern in Europe, and Mozilla believes that privacy and security should be treated as fundamental and not optional in the browsing experience. That's why Firefox has introduced new features for tracking protection and private browsing. Do not track is not only a way to navigate the web, it might also become part of a new privacy law in the EU. We will discuss how this has been implemented in the newest version of Firefox, next steps, and why it's important to have transparency and control in our online experiences.



Francois Marier

January 30, 2016

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  1. Privacy & Tracking Protection in Firefox Raegan MacDonald @shmaeganm François

    Marier @fmarier
  2. the state of online surveillance how tracking works in practice

    how widespread is it? what can we do about it? questions & discussion overview
  3. the state of online surveillance

  4. the public-private surveillance partnership Bruce Schneier Relationship specific to US

    context Role of companies inside the surveillance eco-system
  5. privacyinternational.org/sii the business of surveillance

  6. trading data for “free” services surveillance as the business model

    of the internet
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  8. data brokers

  9. online advertisting industry

  10. the public-private surveillance partnership  Governments & corporations have similar

    goals  Snowden disclosures: PRISM, MUSCULAR  What companies know, governments can & will know  Any reform must take into account this relationship
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  12. how does it work in practice?

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  16. customerID=112

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  18. third-party cookies

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  21. suckerID=319

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  26. suckerID=319

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  28. top 1 million 67% use Google Analytics

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  31. user agent timezone language screen size browser plugins system fonts

  32. fingerprinting

  33. panopticlick.eff.org

  34. how widespread is it?

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  45. 209 different third-parties 26 on more than one site

  46. what can we do about it?


  48. political means

  49. the EU's new privacy law • Article 19, General Data

    Protection Regulation • 2b. In the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, the data subject may exercise his or her right to object by automated means using technical specifications. • Could imply Do Not Track specifications
  50. technical means

  51. block network requests

  52. can't set any cookies can't fingerprint you can't see you

    in their logs
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  59. converted and served by Mozilla to Firefox users feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/tweaking-cookies-for-privacy-in-firefox

  60. 1st-party v. 3rd-party

  61. google.com v. google-analytics.com

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  66. avoid having a hard dependency on Google Analytics developer.mozilla.org/Firefox/Privacy/Tracking_Protection

  67. what about when you're browsing outside of private browsing?

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  69. about:config privacy.trackingprotection.enabled

  70. feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/tweaking-cookies-for-privacy-in-firefox

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  72. want to help? report missing trackers reach out to broken

  73. © 2016 Raegan MacDonald <raegan@mozilla.com> François Marier <francois@mozilla.com> This work

    is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. Questions? @shmaeganm @fmarier
  74. photo credits: bruce schneier: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bruce_Schneier_at_CoPS2013-IMG_9174.jpg say no to strangers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/_chrisuk/6500365853/

    cookie on tray: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/jamisonjudd/4810986199/ cookie: https://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/34754258/ happy cookie: https://www.flickr.com/photos/1080p/3080936724/ squirrel cookie: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomitapio/3049686879/ copper cable: https://www.flickr.com/photos/theilr/8942861511/