Firefox cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire whilst Chrome kills ad blockers

The Mozilla Foundation has announced its intent to reduce the ability of websites and other online services to track users of its Firefox browser around the internet.

At this stage, Moz’s actions are baby steps. In support of its decision in late 2018 to reduce the amount of tracking it permits, the organisation has now published a tracking policy to tell people what it will block.

Moz said the focus of the policy is to bring the curtain down on tracking techniques that “cannot be meaningfully understood or controlled by users”.

Notoriously intrusive tracking techniques allow users to be followed and profiled around the web. Facebook planting trackers wherever a site has a “Like” button is a good example. A user without a Facebook account can still be tracked as a unique individual as they visit different news sites.

Mozilla’s policy said these “stateful identifiers are often used by third parties to associate browsing across multiple websites with the same user and to build profiles of those users, in violation of the user’s expectation”. So, out they go.

Source: Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire • The Register

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