Mozilla Launches 'Firefox Private Network' VPN Service as a Browser Extension https://thehackernews.com/2019/09/firefox-privacy-vpn-service.html
@info_activism They seem to be kinda hiding the fact that it is a VPN.
They destroyed customization in Firefox (by forcing the “new”, very limited WebExtensions), which was the prime reason for most people to use it to begin with;
Installed AddOns in Firefox forcibly in user’s browsers without their consent (you can read about the Looking Glass debacle for an instance of this). Maybe you can also remember that one time they broke all addons in existence by “forgetting” to update their signing keys;
Firefox by default sends out a metric shitton of metrics all the time which can uniquely identify users (I have 97 configuration changes to alter this, but you can’t really expect your average user to know these, and I don’t think anyone that is in favour of user privacy should even set this as a default).
Now, I don’t think there are better alternatives out there in the browser field (though ungoogled-chromium actually seems to be more privacy-friendly by default, I haven’t actually tried it yet), but having blind faith in Mozilla seems like a very silly thing to do in any case.
»The actual proxy servers for the Firefox Private Network extension is provided by Cloudflare […]
For those concerned about the data collection by Cloudflare, Mozilla promises ›strong privacy controls‹ to limit what data Cloudflare may collect and for how long it may store that data.«
Ok, they're promising to delete the data after 24 hours (after $diety-knows-who has taken a copy) but still... does this not seem like insanity to anyone else?
@info_activism ripe for abuse, but good for places with censorship, I guess. I can already see this being abused to evade bans on IRC though.
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