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Mozilla Firefox Patch Deals with Third Party Cookies, Smartly

hypnosec (2231454) writes | about a year ago

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla is testing a new patch for its Firefox browser that would provide more privacy to users and control over third party cookies by targeting the manner in which they are installed on users’ systems. Currently when users visit a website that site may be calling up a number of things from other websites – be it advertising, analytics, behavior tracking, etc. These third party elements drop cookies onto users’ machines, which may be accessed at a later date or time to gather data about users' usage habits. The new mechanism effectively prohibits websites from installing third party cookies onto users’ systems. Users who have the patch installed will have to directly interact with the website or the company "for a cookie to be installed on their machine." This means that up until a user actively interacts with the third party website directly, Firefox will not allow for those cookies to be installed on the user’s system."
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Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43281695)

Third party cookies provide almost zero value for users. Only use case is for log in on iframe-embedded apps such as Disqus comment boards, but the ones you use yourself can be counted on one hand so adding exceptions isn't such a big issue. Adding some UI that shows that you are logged in to Discus on a particular web page would just good imo. I think the "From visited" option is an excellent trade off as a transition period until a better option for embedded authentication is available.
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