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Ready for GDPR: Firefox Focus Offers Additional Tracking Protection Against Advertisers

Mozilla Blog - wo, 23/05/2018 - 20:00

It’s been nearly a year since we launched Firefox Focus for Android, and it has become one of the most popular privacy browsers for mobile around the world. In light of recent events, more and more consumers have growing awareness for privacy and secure products. The upcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe later this month reflects this and, at the same time, highlights how important privacy is for all users.

At Mozilla, we’ve always valued people’s privacy and given them the opportunity to determine the data they want to share. Last year we updated our Privacy Notice to make it simple, clear and usable, and we’ve been transparent about how we collect user data. We feel well prepared for GDPR coming into effect and Firefox Focus is one of the best examples of why: This mobile browser has been ahead of its time and is well positioned as the go-to mobile product in the Age of GDPR. Now, we’re making it even more private and convenient.

Less tracking for more privacy

Up until now, Firefox Focus blocked all first party trackers of sites that were commonly known to follow users from site to site, also known as “cross-site tracking.” From there, these sites collect “cookies” which are small data files stored by your browser. It helps publishers collect data to personalize your experiences with them. Again, Firefox Focus blocks first party trackers on the Disconnect list. Today, we are announcing a cookie management feature that also gives you control over the source of trackers that are following you. Users can now protect the visibility of their online activity through cookies on a site from other sites (third party), all sites – or not at all if they choose. You can find this under Settings, Privacy & Security, “Cookies and Site Data” to make your selection. There is a small chance that it it might not work on some sites, so we’re giving users the choice to turn it on or off. For example, advertisers use third party cookies to track your visits to various websites.


Once you click on “Block Cookies” a menu will pop-up with options to choose the different types of cookies


Autocomplete is Complete

In our previous release, we’ve included the ability to add favorite sites to an autocomplete list by adding them manually under Settings. We’ve noticed that this way might not be the quickest setup for some users. Starting today, our users will be able to conveniently and easily long-press the URL bar to select the site to add to their URL Autocomplete list. Now adding your frequently visited sites is even easier and will get you to where you want to go even faster.

The latest version of Firefox Focus for Android can be downloaded on Google Play.


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The General Data Protection Regulation and Firefox

Mozilla Blog - wo, 23/05/2018 - 19:36

We are only a few days away from May 25th, when the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into full effect. Since we were founded, Mozilla has always stood for and practiced a set of data privacy principles that are at the heart of privacy laws like the GDPR. And we have applied those principles, not just to Europe, but to all our users worldwide.  We feel like the rest of the world is catching up to where we have been all along.

GDPR has implications for many different parts of Mozilla. Rather than give you a laundry list of GDPR stuff, in this post, we want to focus specifically on Firefox and drill down specifically into how we think about privacy-by-design and data protection impact assessments within our browser product.

Privacy By People Who Care About Privacy

Firefox, the web browser that runs on your device, is your gateway to the internet. Your browser will manage a lot of information about the websites you visit, but that information stays on your device. Mozilla, the company that makes Firefox, doesn’t collect it unless you give us permission.

Mozilla does collect a set of data that helps us to understand how people use Firefox. We’ve purposely designed our data collection with privacy protections in mind. So while the browser knows so much about you, Mozilla still knows very little.

Building a browser that is so powerful yet still respectful of our users takes a lot of effort. At Mozilla, we have teams of privacy and security engineers who are responsible for building a trustworthy browser. More than that, we have a workforce and a volunteer community that takes Mozilla’s responsibility to protect you seriously and personally. This responsibility cuts across all areas of Mozilla, including our security engineers, platform and data engineers, data scientists, product managers, marketing managers and so on. We basically have an army of people who have your back.

Rather than Privacy By Design, we do Privacy By People Who Care About Privacy.

It is important to keep this in mind when we think about the GDPR’s privacy-by-design requirements. Regardless of any regulatory requirement, including GDPR, if an organization and its people aren’t rooted in a commitment to privacy, any privacy-by-design process will fail.  It is our people’s commitment to the Mozilla mission that undergirds our design processes and serves as the most important backstop for protecting our users.

Our Process

Okay, enough throat clearing. At Mozilla, we do have plenty of design processes to identify and deeply engage on privacy risks; code reviews, security and privacy reviews, intensive product and infrastructure audits, and public forums for anyone to contribute concerns and solutions.

Our Firefox data collection review process is the cornerstone of our effort to meaningfully practice privacy-by-design and assess privacy impacts to our users. We believe it is consistent with the GDPR’s requirements for privacy impact assessments. Mozilla has had this process in place for several years and revamped it in 2017.

Here are a few key pieces of that process:

  1. Before we look at any privacy risk, we need to know there is a valid analytic basis for the data collection. That is why our review process starts with a few simple questions about why Mozilla needs to collect the data, how much data is necessary, and what specific measurements will be taken. Mozilla employees who propose additional data collection must first answer these questions on our review form.
  2. Second, our Data Stewards – designated individuals on our Firefox team – will review the answers, ensure there is public documentation for data collection, and make sure users can turn data collection on and off.
  3. Third, we categorize data collection by different levels of privacy risk, which you can find in more detail here. The data category for the proposed collection must be identified as part of the review. For proposals to collect data in higher risk categories, the data collection must be default off.
  4. Complex data collection requests, such as those to collect more sensitive data or those that call for a new data collection mechanism, will escalate from our Data Stewards to our Trust and Legal teams. Further privacy, policy, or legal analysis will then be done to assess privacy impact and identify appropriate mitigations.

The results of this review process, as well as in depth descriptions of our data categories and the process itself, can be found publicly on the web. And you can find the full documentation for Firefox data collection here.

But Wait, There’s More!

This process is just one of the many tools we have to protect and empower the people who use our products.  Last year, we completely rewrote our privacy notice to provide clear, simple language about the browser. The notice includes links directly to our Firefox privacy settings page, so users can turn off data collection if they read something on the notice they don’t like.

We redesigned those privacy settings to make them easier to use (check out about:preferences#privacy in the Firefox Browser). This page serves as a one-stop shop for anyone looking to take control of their privacy in Firefox. And we revamped Firefox onboarding by showing new users the Firefox privacy notice right on the second tab the very first time they use the browser.

It’s easier today than ever before to take control of your privacy in the Firefox browser. As you can see, limited data, transparency, choice – all GDPR principles – are deeply embedded in how all of us at Mozilla think about and design privacy for you.

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Reality Redrawn Opens At The Tech

Mozilla Blog - za, 19/05/2018 - 18:02

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose was filled on Thursday with visitors experiencing new takes on the issue of fake news by artists using mixed reality, card games and even scratch and sniff cards. These installations were the results of Mozilla’ Reality Redrawn challenge. We launched the competition last December to make the power of misinformation and its potential impacts visible and visceral. Winners were announced in February.

One contributor, Australian artist Sutu was previously commissioned by Marvel and Google to create Tilt Brush Virtual Reality paintings and was the feature subject of the 2014 ABC documentary, ‘Cyber Dreaming’. For Breaking News at the Tech, he used AR animation to show the reconstruction of an article in real time and illustrate the thought process behind creating a fake news story. Using the AR app EyeJack, you can see the front page of the New York Times come to life with animation and sound as the stories are deconstructed and multiple viewpoints are presented simultaneously:

Breaking News, by Sutu
(Photography by Nick Leoni)

Visitors on opening night of this limited run exhibition also enjoyed conversation on stage around the topic from Marketplace Tech Host Molly Wood, Wired Contributing Editor Fred Vogelstein, BBC North America Technology Correspondent Dave Lee and our own Fellow on Media, Misinformation and Trust, Renée DiResta. There was a powerful message by video from the Miami Herald’s reporter Alex Harris. She found herself the target of a misinformation campaign while reporting on the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Reality Redrawn is open until June 2 at the Tech and admission is included with entry to the museum. Follow the link to find out more about ticket prices for the Tech.”>link to find out more about ticket prices for the Tech. If you’re visiting the Bay Area soon I hope you’ll make time to see how it’s possible to make some sense of the strange journeys our minds take when attacked by fake news and other misinformation.

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Update on Fight for Net Neutrality in U.S. – Senate votes to save net neutrality, now it’s up to the House

Mozilla Blog - wo, 16/05/2018 - 22:16

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to save net neutrality and overturn the FCC’s disastrous order to end net neutrality protections.

We’re pleased this resolution passed – it’s a huge step, but the battle to protect net neutrality and reinstate the 2015 rules isn’t over. The next step is for the motion to go to the House of Representatives for a vote before the order is supposed to go into effect on June 11. Unfortunately, the rules in the House will make passage much harder than in the Senate; at this point, it’s not clear when, or if, there will be a vote there.

We will continue to fight for net neutrality in every way possible as we try to protect against erosion into a discriminatory internet, with ultimately a far worse experience for any users and businesses who don’t pay more for special treatment.

We are leading the legal battle in Mozilla v. FCC, working closely with policymakers, and educating consumers through advocacy for an open, equal, accessible internet.

And, we’re not alone – last week we partnered with organizations like Consumer Reports and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the Red Alert protest to encourage Americans to call Congress in support of net neutrality. Consumers also share their support for the net neutrality fight- we recently conducted a poll that shows 91% of Americans believe consumers should be able to freely and quickly access their preferred content on the internet.

As I said in December– The FCC decision to obliterate the 2015 net neutrality protections is the result of broken processes, broken politics, and broken policies. The end of net neutrality would only benefit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and it would end the internet as we know it, harming every day users and small businesses, eroding free speech, competition, innovation and user choice in the process.

Net neutrality is a core characteristic of the internet, and crucial for the economy and everyday lives. It is imperative that all internet traffic be treated equally, without discrimination against content or type of traffic — that’s how the internet was built and what has made it one of the greatest inventions of all time.

We’ll keep fighting for the open internet, and  so we ask you to call your members of Congress to make sure that politicians decide to protect their constituents rather than increase the power of ISPs.

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What’s Your Open Source Strategy? Here Are 10 Answers…

Mozilla Blog - di, 15/05/2018 - 22:35

A research report from Mozilla and Open Tech Strategies provides new perspectives on framing open source strategy. The report builds on Mozilla’s “Open by Design” strategy, which aims to increase the intent and impact of collaborative technology projects.

Mozilla is a radically open and participatory project. As part of the research we compiled into turning openness into a consistent competitive advantage, we identified that the application of open practices should always be paired with well-researched strategic intent. Without clarity of purpose, organizations will not (and nor should they) maintain long-term commitment to working with community. Indeed, we were not the first to observe this.

Mozilla benefits from many open practices, but open sourcing software is the foundation on which we build. Open source takes many forms at Mozilla. We enjoy a great diversity among the community structures of different Mozilla-driven open source projects, from Rust to Coral to Firefox (there are actually multiple distinct Firefox communities) and to others.

The basic freedoms offered by Mozilla’s open source projects — the famous “Four Freedoms” originally defined by the FSF — are unambiguous. But they only define the rights conveyed by the software’s license. People often have expectations that go well beyond that strict definition: expectations about development models, business models, community structure, even tool chains. It is even not uncommon for open source projects to be criticised for failing to comply with those unspoken expectations.

We recognize that there is no one true model. As Mozilla evolves more and more into a multi-product organization, there will be different models that suit different products and different environments. Structure, governance, and licensing policies should all be explicit choices based on the strategic goals of an open source project. A challenge for any organization is how to articulate these choices, or to put it simply, how do you answer the question, “what kind of open source project is this?”.

To answer the question, we wanted to develop a set of basic models — “archetypes” — that projects could aim for, modifying them as needed, but providing a shared vocabulary for discussing how to think about any given project. We were delighted to be able to partner with one of the leading authorities in open source, Open Tech Strategies, in defining these archetypes. Their depth of knowledge and fresh perspective has created something we believe offers unique value.

The resulting framework consists of 10 common archetypes, covering things from business objectives to licensing, community standards, component coupling and project governance. It also contains some practical advice on how to use the framework and on how to set up your project.

20 years after the Open Source Initiative was founded, open source is widespread (and has inspired methods of peer production beyond the realm of software). Although this report was tailored to advance open source strategies and project design within Mozilla, and with the organizations and communities we work with, we also believe that this challenge is not unique to us. We suspect there will be many other organizations, both commercial and non-commercial, who will benefit from the model.

You can download the report here. Like so many things, it will never be “done”. After more hands-on-use with Mozilla projects, we intend to work with Open Tech Strategies on a version that expands its sights beyond Mozilla’s borders.

If you’re interested in collaborating, you can get in touch here: The Github repository is up at

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Air Mozilla: Webby Lifetime Achievement Award to Mitchell Baker

Mozilla planet - di, 15/05/2018 - 02:00

Webby Lifetime Achievement Award to Mitchell Baker Laurie Segall presents the 22nd Annual Webby Lifetime Achievement Award to Mitchell Baker

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The Rust Programming Language Blog: Rust turns three

Mozilla planet - di, 15/05/2018 - 02:00

Three years ago today, the Rust community released Rust 1.0 to the world, with our initial vision of fearless systems programming. As per tradition, we’ll celebrate Rust’s birthday by taking stock of the people and the product, and especially of what’s happened in the last year.

The People

Rust is a people-centric, consensus-driven project. Some of the most exciting developments over the last year have to do with how the project itself has grown, and how its processes have scaled.

The official teams that oversee the project doubled in size in the last year; there are now over a hundred individuals associated with one or more of the teams. To accommodate this scale, the team structure itself has evolved. We have top-level teams covering the language, library ecosystem, developer tooling, documentation, community, and project operations. Nested within these are dozens of subteams and working groups focused on specific topics.

Rust is now used in a huge variety of companies, including both newcomers and big names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Microsoft, Red Hat, npm and, of course, Mozilla; it’s also in the top 15 languages this year on GitHub. As a byproduct, more and more developers are being paid to contribute back to Rust, many of them full time. As of today, Mozilla employees make up only 11% of the official Rust teams, and just under half of the total number of people paid to work on Rust. (You can read detailed whitepapers about putting Rust into production here.)

Graphs of Rust team growth

Finally, the Rust community continues to work on inclusivity, through outreach programs like Rust Reach and RustBridge, as well as structured mentoring and investments in documentation to ease contribution. For 2018, a major goal is to connect and empower Rust’s global community, which we’re doing both through conference launches in multiple new continents, as well as work toward internationalization throughout the project.

The Product

If you spend much time reading this blog, you’ll know that the major theme of our work over the past year has been productivity. As we said in last year’s roadmap:

From tooling to libraries to documentation to the core language, we want to make it easier to get things done with Rust.

This work will culminate in a major release later this year: Rust 2018 Edition. The release will bring together improvements in every area of the project, polished into a new “edition” that bundles the changes together with updated documentation and onboarding. The roadmap has some details about what to expect.

The components that make up Rust 2018 will be shipped as they become ready on the stable compiler. Recent releases include:

The next couple of releases will include stable SIMD support, procedural macros, custom allocators, and more. The final big features — lifetime system improvements and async/await — should both reach feature complete status on nightly within weeks. Vital tools like the RLS and rustfmt are also being polished for the new edition, including RFCs for finalizing the style and stability stories.

To help tie all this work to real-world use-cases, we’ve also targeted four domains for which Rust provides a compelling end-to-end story that we want to show the world as part of Rust 2018. Each domain has a dedicated working group and is very much open for new contributors:

As Rust 2018 comes into focus, we plan to provide a “preview” of the new edition for cutting-edge community members to try out. Over the past couple of weeks we kicked off a sprint to get the basics nailed down, but we need more help to get it ready for testing. If you’re interested, you can dive into:

The Postscript

Rust’s growth continues to accelerate at a staggering rate. It has been voted the Most Loved Language on StackOverflow for all three years since it shipped. Its community has never been healthier or more welcoming. If you’re curious about using or contributing to Rust, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Happy 3rd birthday, Rust.

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