Firefox’s Usage Stats (Telemetry) Are Not Anonymous

By | April 26, 2013

Firefox’s Usage Stats (Telemetry) Are Not AnonymousYour personal information will be shared with 3rd parties.

We won’t blame you if you never read Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and other “useless” information. However, there is one guy who did so and as it turns out, Mozilla’s telemetry data policy got some disturbing details.

In fact, the open source organization states that their policy is to “make Personal Information, such as your name and email address, and Potentially Personal Information, such as the URL of the site you last visited, only available to its employees, contractors, and selected contributors who signed confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from using or disclosing such information other than for approved Mozilla purposes.”

Don’t worry though, it gets worse:

We also work with third parties who provide infrastructure or back-end services (like content delivery networks, bandwidth providers, and services of an administrative nature). We may share Personal Information about you with such third parties for the purpose of enabling these third parties to provide such services.

So what can you do about it? Disabled it and here is how.

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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. IE user says:

    I know chrome is also spyware like this,
    How about IE then ?

  2. trev.norris says:

    Working in Mozilla Metrics I can say that, to the best of my knowledge, Telemetry data has no personally identifiable information. If it had the privacy team wouldn’t have cleared it. Any user can examine what information Telemetry is recording and sending over the wire.

  3. Jc says:

    Just because they might share the usage stats that doesnt mean it is not anonymous.


    1-without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.

    2.Of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.