On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 07:41:22AM -0600, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:05:35 +0200,
Nikos Roussos <comzeradd(a)fedoraproject.org> wrote:
>No. We are talking about the tiles. I didn't see anyone suggesting we
>remove Google search. It's like the tiles feature crossed a line, which
>is far from truth.
Firefox is really not set up with privacy as a high priority. Some
bad things it does from a privacy perspective are:
If you type a name in the url bar and send, if the name dosn't match
a domain google is contacted. (And it is google even if you have
some other search engine set.)
OSCP is used to check for certificate revocations. For some threat
models this cure is worse than the disease. There should be an easy
way to disable this.
There is not a way to disable fetching all offsite references that
aren't whitelisted. There is a hard way to do this for images, but
there does not appear to be a way to do this for other object types.
The initial initial page is not set to about:blank, so that some
site will be contacted (I think it is a Fedora page now.) before you
have a chance to set it to about:blank in firefox. (It is possible
to change this outside of Firefox, but it is hard.)
When firefox has a version update mozilla is contacted to present
you with the release notes for the new version. It is possible to
disable this, but it isn't really obvious how. (Even if you have
done it before.)
plugin, and the way that plugin works still leaves some exposure to
There is a safe browsing feature that also will phone home.
If you look at the about:config menu you will see lots of URLs and
it isn't clear when these URLs are used in many cases.
The referer header is sent by default. It isn't obvious how to disable that.
It isn't obvious how to disable remotes sites storing data locally.
This feature can be used like cookies and should be easily
This is a good analysis. However I hope people don't take away from
it "OMG there's nothing we can do". We can work on making it better
incrementally, and fixing this advert tabs thing is a good place to
Also having the Fedora policy be clear and unambiguous. Who would
deal with that? FESCO? The Board (or whatever it's called these days)?
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