[linux-elitists] AOL subverts Mozilla privacy feature.

kmself@ix.netcom.com kmself@ix.netcom.com
Mon May 8 17:38:49 PDT 2000


I've hacked and chopped at this a bit, and submitted it to Kuro5hin
(http://www.kuro5hin.org/) -- generally has a faster submission queue
than /., and you can see the fscking thing while in queue (acct
required, cypherpunks/cypherpunks works).

Very good call, Ben.

On Mon, May 08, 2000 at 01:17:02AM -0700, Ben Woodard wrote:
> 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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