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Mozilla releases Firefox 5 for Android, featuring do-not-track

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Mozilla releases Firefox 5 for Android, featuring do-not-track
The avid pursuit of privacy used to be relegated to the paranoid and those with somewhat questionable browsing behavior. But the safety of the Internet, and more specifically our mobile devices, has come under serious scrutiny as of late.

Android owners can protect themselves from malicious cyber-criminals with programs like Norton's anti-virus app. But advertisers still engage in a more benign, but still invasive practice, by tracking our browsing history. While that is nice for those interested in receiving more tailored advertisements, it still feels like Big Brother is looking over your shoulder.

To that end, Mozilla has added the do-not-track feature to their Android app. That feature, which is also on their latest desktop browser, allows you to opt out of browser tracking. Unfortunately, individual websites don't have to comply with your do-not-track request.

The update also brings enhanced speed "especially on 3G networks," more fluid panning, improved SwiftKey compatibility, and more than 20 new browser add-ons.

source: Android Market via Electronista

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posted on 23 Jun 2011, 19:58

1. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


If websites don't have to comply, as the article states, then what's the point? What does the feature do?

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 21:46

3. Ryuuie (unregistered)


The point is that most sites will comply and even if they don't just use adblock to block ads that will leave tracking cookies or just clear your cookies more often.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 20:26

2. addy (unregistered)


I downloaded it, open it up on my favorite sites and then find out, that it does not support flash on my phone, a htc desire. What is it with all these browsers that cannot play flash content or do it badly. How comes the stock browser on my phone can do it. it may not be as fancy as firefox, but it just works. Also, like i really expect sites to comply with me asking them not to track me. Most of us would not know about opting out anyway.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 22:24 1

4. Psychic (unregistered)


When is iOS gonna get inprivate browsing/do not track browsing.

I just wanna know so I know when to look for an Apple lawsuit claiming that they were the first to use it.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 04:19 2

5. PhoneLuver (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Mozilla 5 uses up ALL my system resources! They really need to start working on the amount of memory their browser uses.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 13:55

6. jay (unregistered)


please please please please please get flash support. When you do then you shall be installed on my awesome G2x!

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