USER-TRACKING Firefox sparks Mozilla civil war
Mozilla coders are arguing among themselves about the open-source outfit’s Metrics Data Ping project, which was designed to monitor Firefox usage metrics. Several coders in the Mozilla camp have expressed concern about how some developers are proposing the project should collect data from users of the browser.
“It seems as if we are saying that since we already collect most of this data via various product features, that makes it ok to also collect this data in a central place and attach an ID to it,” wrote the org’s engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg in a mailing list email entitled ‘Anonymous metrics collection from Firefox’.
He added: “Or, that because we *need* this data in order to make the product better, it’s ok to collect it. This makes me intensely uncomfortable. At this point I think we’d be better off either collecting only the data which cannot be used to track individual installs, or not implementing this feature at all.”