[linux-elitists] AOL subverts Mozilla privacy feature.

Ben Woodard ben@valinux.com
Mon May 8 01:17:02 PDT 2000


Just sebmitted this to slashdot. We'll see if this gets posted.

In <a href="http://www.mozilla.org">Mozilla</a> M15 there is a panel
under advanced in the edit preferences dialog called cookies and
images which scored a great victory for privacy. The images part of
this dialog box made it possible for users without access to 
<a href="http://www.junkbuster.com">JunkBuster</a>, 
<a href="http://zgp.org/~dmarti/webclean/">webclean</a>, or squid filters
to quickly build up a blacklist of advertisers e.g. 
<a href="http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy_policy/privacy.htm">doubleclick</a>
which they felt were invading their privacy (They can't track you if
you don't load their images or 
<a href="http://www.tiac.net/users/smiths/privacy/wbfaq.htm">web bugs</a>). 
However, AOL's management 
<a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=35981">decreed</a>
that this feature should never see the light of day. This clearly
illustrates how AOL is willing and able to use its power within the
mozilla community to subvert the interests of the public. Me thinks a
protest is in order.

-ben




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