Firefox Soon to Dent Behavioral Advertising?New Plans for Third Party Cookies.

Firefox Soon to Dent Behavioral Advertising?New Plans for Third Party Cookies.

A  friend just flagged to us the following activity on the Mozilla message boards indicating the latest updates to the browser code that is the base for the Firefox browser will dramatically change the handling of third party cookies.  Comments by Dan Wittes, leader of the cookie module at Mozilla,  explain that the current default ’accept third party cookies’ option would result in changed behavior to make 3rd party cookies persistent only for the session.  Unchecking the default would completely disable all third party cookies.

So if a user keeps their computer on and browser open, tracking across sites will continue, but if a user closes their browser, tracking cookies will be deleted. (Of course there are folks who track across sites but rely on various methods to ensure their cookies are relayed in fisrt party context – there may be some legitimate circumstances to do this, but we think that any company doing that in order to avoid browser controls is likely to come across the radar screen of the FTC before too long.)

Leave a Reply


Privacy Calendar

Oct
20
Mon
An Evening Not to be Forgotten @ Edmund A. Walsh Memorial
An Evening Not to be Forgotten @ Edmund A. Walsh Memorial
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us for an evening of wine and cheese to discuss the digital Right to be Forgotten in the heart of Georgetown University’s main campus. The right to ‘forget’ personal information online has been controversial the[...]
Oct
21
Tue
Consumer Action’s 43rd Annual Aw... @ Google
Consumer Action’s 43rd Annual Aw... @ Google
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
To mark its 43rd anniversary, Consumer Action’s Annual Awards Reception on October 21, 2014, will celebrate the theme of “Train the Trainer.” Through the power of individual and small group trainings, Consumer Action each year is[...]
Oct
24
Fri
Web Privacy & Transparency Confe... @ Princeton University
Web Privacy & Transparency Confe... @ Princeton University
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
On Friday, October 24, 2014, the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University is hosting a public conference on Web Privacy and Transparency. It will explore the quickly emerging area of computer science research that[...]
Oct
29
Wed
Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The rapid emergence of “big data” has created many benefits and risks for businesses today. As data is collected, stored, analyzed, and deployed for various business purposes, it is particularly important to develop responsible data[...]
Oct
30
Thu
The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Privacy Act @40 A Celebration and Appraisal on the 40th Anniversary of the Privacy Act and the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act October 30, 2014 Agenda 9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome[...]
Nov
7
Fri
all-day George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Save the date for the GW Law Review‘s Annual Symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. This year’s symposium, hosted in[...]
Nov
11
Tue
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am
EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will present twice at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Sunny Climate Seminar. He will give a presentation on government location tracking issues and then participate in a panel[...]

View Calendar