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What privacy scandals? Not aware of any.



Well not actual privacy scandals, but shocking practices that some of the community took so. The most recent was an easter-egg extension covertly installed in about everybody's browsers, and there was a partnering I read of with a German web company. Then also there's the case with Pocket where it was (and if I'm not mmistaken still is) installed by default, even before Mozilla acquired the company.


> The most recent was an easter-egg extension

That surely was a fuckup. Lessons learned can be read here[0].

> ...and there was a partnering I read of with a German web company.

Think of it as a default search engine that's applied to 1% of new German installs. Other 99% remained on the Google(Yahoo) deal(s) (which apply to Germany). My opinion is that it was blown way out of proportions. That company also purchased Ghostery, Mozilla invested some money in it[1] before they did this, and is also making its own private browser (Cliqz).

> Then also there's the case with Pocket where it was (and if I'm not mmistaken still is) installed by default.

Pocket started as a Firefox extension in 2007, raised 7.5 million of investments in 2011 and 2012, got bundled with Firefox by default in 2015, and then the whole startup became a subsidiary of the Mozilla Corporation in 2017.

The Pocket button itself never did anything unless you click it. Extensions are now open sourced[2], apps are on their way (I think, I thought their code was online already), and I don't know about the server code. I am not familiar with what happened with the data between 2015 and 2017, but I presume that the data didn't get shared outside modern-day Mozilla Corporation (to confirm that, one would need to chase down Pocket's previous Terms of Service).

[0] https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/retrospective-looking-glass...

[1] https://blog.mozilla.org/press-uk/2016/08/23/mozilla-makes-s...

[2] https://github.com/pocket

DISCLAIMER: Affiliated with the Mozilla Foundation, not the Corporation (therefore, not affiliated with Pocket nor Firefox, other than being a happy user of both).


For reference, that company "CliqZ" is majority owned by a German ad, tracking, and publishing company, Burda.

Burda is mostly known for its tabloids (e.g. the clickbait magazine Focus that loves spreading conspiracy theories) and for its malware-serving ad and tracking networks.

That’s the company that Mozilla, by default, sent the autocomplete data of 1% of German users to.

That’s sure to inspire trust^H^H^H^H^H


So given only a certain population was screwed or all users were screwed for a certain amount of time, these are no big deal.




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