A few days ago, Mozilla's Georg Fritzsche published information that the company has a plan to collect extra data about your browsing pages. This data collection is supposed to be in a privacy-preserving way. According to the source, this data will help the Firefox product team improve the browser.
Currently, Mozilla already collects some information. There are a number of options in the browser's settings under Privacy. However, this data can be biased, Georg Fritzsche wrote, and only the data collected anonymously without opt-in can show the real state of things.
They are interested in learning which top sites Firefox users are visiting, which sites still use Adobe Flash, which sites give the user performance issues and so on.
This information should allow Mozilla engineers to work more efficiently.
To obtain it, Fritzsche suggests the following solution: differential privacy and RAPPOR, an open source project by Google.
Differential privacy is a special way of data processing which makes it impossible to identify any end user. It makes all data anonymous by randomizing the data set. Differential privacy is actively used in Google Chrome.
The implementation of this data collection is expected to be enabled this September for a select group of users to see how it works.
So, what do you think about this move? Do you find this upcoming change to data collection acceptable? Tell us in the comments.
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