Firefox will soon join the growing list of web browsers that offer a “do not sell my personal data” notification known as global privacy control (GPC).
GPC is used as a browser option to notify websites about the visitor’s privacy preferences, such as whether they want their personal information sold or shared.
“At this moment, GPC is a prerelease feature available for experimental use in Firefox Nightly. Once turned on, it sends a signal to the users of the website visit telling them that the user doesn’t want to be tracked and doesn’t want their data to be sold,” explained Mozilla.
According to Mozilla, GPC is gaining traction in both California and Colorado, with California claiming that firms are obligated to conform to the signal under its consumer privacy laws.
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It was created by the GPC, a collaborative effort between privacy-focused organizations and advocates, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Consumer Reports.
It’s often referred to as a replacement for “Do Not Track,” which wasn’t strong enough to persuade businesses to comply. However, GPC has already found takers in California, for example, which is forcing compliance.
Mozilla’s CTO Eric Rescorla said the browser didn’t start using the signal right away, to see what effect it would have, and to avoid making privacy promises that wouldn’t hold water.
GPC is already available in a variety of other web browsers, including Brave and privacy-centric add-ons such as Disconnect and DuckDuckGo.
Google Chrome, which has a commanding market share, is notable by its absence from the list of browsers with GPC capability. If you don’t want others to know what you’re doing online, use a proxy service or, even better, a VPN service.
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