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Firefox 22 boosts Do Not Track protection with tighter cookie policy

Discussion in 'Tech-Related News' started by TechSocial, Feb 25, 2013.

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Mozilla is once again putting user privacy first with a change to the Firefox code: starting with version 22, only third-party cookies from websites that you’re actually visiting will be accepted. That means pretty much everything advertising-related will be blocked by default, since things like AdSense and Chitika ads are served up from their own domains.

    It’s almost as though Mozilla has decided to take the spirit of the more-or-less neutered Do Not Track spec and implement something similar that actually has an impact on end users. Do Not Track is a great idea, but because support for the beacon has to be implemented on the server side it won’t do anything unless a provider has updated code. The folks behind Apache also decided that the DNT signal from IE10 users should be ignored completely since the preference was set by the browser’s Express Settings config and not a one-off, explicit opt-in.

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