Firefox's Enhanced Tracking Protection whitelists Google, Instagram... and Winamp?

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Genre: Science & Technology

Family friendly? Yes

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Bryan Lunduke

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Shared June 4, 2019

Firefox adds Enhanced Tracking Protection that blocks tacking cookies. But specifically allows tracking from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo. Adobe, and ... Winamp?

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Alied Pérez Martínez

List of domains we need to be tracked by in order to have a correct internet experience:
end of list.

3 months ago | [YT] | 102

Ari Finkelman

WinAmp... plotting... waiting.... Soon to take over the world....

3 months ago | [YT] | 61

Nicholas Coffin

If you go into the Firefox preferences and click on the change block list hyperlink under trackers it actually literally says:
Level 1 block list (Recommended). Allows some trackers so fewer websites break.
Level 2 block list. Blocks all detected trackers. Some websites or content may not load properly.
So I guess they followed your advice before you gave it.

3 months ago | [YT] | 51

Harsh Pherwani

You had one job, Firefox, one job.

3 months ago | [YT] | 42

Shane Killian

There's an option to block them all. Not only have I not noticed any problems, GMail is actually faster!

3 months ago | [YT] | 26

Svein Are Karlsen

Those domains are a list of domains to definitely block with a pi-hole if trying to go full Stallman.

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 21

Raffels Videoblog

a anti-tracking "service" whitelisting all the hostile trackers. What a joke...

3 months ago | [YT] | 17


It Really Whips... EDIT: oh, family show, sorry

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 27


double-speak at its finest.

3 months ago | [YT] | 19


Congrats Mozilla. I hope you're happy allowing WinAmp to track us. Seriously, if the internet breaks by blocking WinAmp and Amazon, we're in big trouble.

3 months ago | [YT] | 11

kil roy

Stallmanian Slip

3 months ago | [YT] | 18

Jorge Toledo

I would have loved it if Bryan had had a look at Firefox's preferences and shown them. There are those radio buttons he was asking for at 13:04, if less visual or detailed than he envisioned.
(Standard/Strict/Custom levels seem good enough anyway). I'm still not sure if "Blocklist level 2" blocks all those whitelisted domains, though.

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 10


It's all so tiresome.

3 months ago | [YT] | 11


Well yes but actually no.

3 months ago | [YT] | 13


The point here is to incrementally increase privacy for moms and dads. If Firefox breaks their experience, they will switch to Chrome.
"Disconnect strives to find the balance between privacy, security, usability and promoting a better Internet for everyone. These concerns drive our decisions in regards to trackers we block and don’t block.

We generally unblock tracking sites that require users to transparently and explicitly opt in to collection and retention.

We also unblock trackers to provide a better user experience, based on the three types of evidence listed below. These unblocked trackers will appear in what we call the Content portion of our list. For some of our products and services, users can choose to block this portion of the list as well.."

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 13

Gastón Alegre Stotzer

Hmmm.... there's already 3 options in there Preferences>Privacy&Security... Standard, Strict and Personalized blocking... unless I'm missing something... so... hmmm

3 months ago | [YT] | 9

Dominic Davis-Foster

With everything Mozilla have been doing recently, I wouldn't be surprised if it came out that Google was paying them

3 months ago | [YT] | 2

Ryan Chitwood

I just love how Lunduke says "Muttzilla"

3 months ago | [YT] | 3


that list should come with a check box that says invert selection.

3 months ago | [YT] | 6


They have a "strict" mode, which is supposed to block all tracking.

3 months ago | [YT] | 3