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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:41

Firefox, Google Chrome adding 'Do Not Track' tools

Written by Nick Farell
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No one wants to be less secure than Microsoft
Firefox and Chrome browsers are to get the same tools to block advertisers from collecting information on their habits as Internet Explorer users have.

Alex Fowler, a technology and privacy officer for Firefox maker Mozilla, says the "Do Not Track" tool which was seen in the latest beta of Internet Explorer will be the first in a series of steps designed to guard privacy. He doesn't say when Firefox will get the tool will be available.

Google Chrome users can now download a browser plug-in that blocks advertisers - but only from ad networks that already let people decline, or opt out of, personalised, targeted ads. Both versions appear to be better developed than the Internet Explorer equivalent which requires users to make up lists of the advertisers they want to leave them alone.

At the moment the browsers are much of a muchness with very little between them. It seems that one maker comes up with one idea, another follows. However it is starting to look as if there is a consensus that people do not want advertising cookies, particularly those which cannot be deleted.


Nick Farell

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+3 #1 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-25 21:11
Actually, Firefox's version is the least secure, while IE is only the least transparent and most annoying.

Basically, in FX the browser sends some http header flag to the ad-server and that server would have to respect it not to track cookies or else... or else nothing, it can just piss on that header and continue to track cookies over various domains without restrain.

Chrome's version seems like the most secure one, but gives more hassle to the devs and admins maintaining the list.
 
 
0 #2 thomasg 2011-01-25 23:55
Where do I get the plug-in for chrome? Or do I have it if I have the latest version?
 
 
+4 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-26 01:03
I think it's this one: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hhnjdplhmcnkiecampfdgfjilccfpfoe
 

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