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Starting today, users running older versions of Firefox will be offered the choice of upgrading to Firefox 3.6. We’re presenting this upgrade offer for our users who may not realize that a new version is available
The offer screen will only appear after 60 seconds of keyboard inactivity to ensure we don’t get in the way of anyone’s activities. If a user declines the offer and later regrets that choice, they’ll be able to get it again simply by selecting “Check for Updates” from the “Help” menu.
Code with UniversalXPConnect privileges can monitor the list of available WiFi access points to obtain information about them including their SSID, MAC address, and signal strength.
By default, Firefox uses Google Location Services to determine your location by sending:
* your computer’s IP address,
* information about the nearby wireless access points, and
* a random client identifier, which is assigned by Google, that expires every 2 weeks.
If you wish to disable the feature completely, please follow this set of steps:
* In the URL bar, type about:config
* Type geo.enabled
* Double click on the geo.enabled preference
* Location-Aware Browsing is now disabled
joined:July 29, 2007
the same information your OS is doing which feeds it to your ISP while you're walking around with a cellphone in your pocket that's been doing more than that for years.
why would you want to?
While on the surface those are interesting points (for another discussion), those are only your own assumptions.They are not assumptions, they are facts. Do you turn cookies off when you surf the web? Do you ever buy anything online? Do you fear for your privacy that retail operations know what you buy and when? Do you ever use a credit card?
Firefox 3.5 and later support the Geolocation API; this allows the user to provide their location to web applications if they so desire. For privacy reasons, the user is asked to confirm permission to report location information.
If you allow a website to get your location via this service, we will collect, depending on the capabilities of your device, information about the wifi routers closest to you, cell ids of the cell towers closest to you, and the strength of your wifi or cell signal. We use this information to return an estimated location to the Firefox browser and the Firefox browser sends the estimated location to the requesting website. For each request sent to our service, we also collect IP address, user agent information, and unique identifier of your client. We use this information to distinguish requests, not to identify you.
And to make sure we can do that we'll track all your infoThat's not true at all and I wish you wouldn't make things up like that. Perhaps you need to better define "all your info". Some "idiots", as you call them, may start thinking you are saying their personal information is tracked, like name, address, etc. Too often I see such misinformation spread around that is just blatantly false.
Sufficient data IS collected that will uniquely identify the system (computer, laptop, mobile phone)Oh? Here [dev.w3.org] is the spec. Where do you see that? Again, while it can find your location: 1) it only does that if you give it permission 2) it can be turned off 3) your cell phone does the same yet you don't complain about it.