2020年04月10日

Firefox 75 Comes with a New Windows Scheduled Task for Data Collection

The new Firefox 75, which was released just a few days ago, has a new scheduled task in Windows that allows data collection, using the information listed in Mozilla once a day.


Mozilla announced the change in March this season, explaining that the reason for this new scheduled task, that is only enabled if users activate telemetry in the first place, is to help improve Firefox by "understanding default browser trends."


Of course, Mozilla states that private data is collected, as the clients are only interested in "information associated with the system's current and previous default browser setting, along with the operating system locale and version."


Mozilla guarantees that the collected data can't be of a regular profile, and once users opt out of telemetry, the services are automatically disabled.


It's understandable that users can manually block the service themselves by simply deleting the scheduled task from Windows 10.


"Collecting telemetry is an excellent method we're in a position to ensure we are able to understand default browser trends in a way that allows us to improve Firefox. It's our hope that by better understanding much more about our users and their choices around browser preferences, we can still build a better Firefox," Mozilla says.


Mozilla keeps your computer data for 13 months


If you want to review the information that Mozilla collects using Firefox, you can fire up the browser and type the following code in the address bar:


about:telemetry


This page displays both the information collected for that current session, but also details that were held in yesteryear and that have been already listed in Mozilla as part of this telemetry data.


Mozilla says it only keeps telemetry data for 13 months, after each all the information is automatically removed. On the other hand, if you disable telemetry in Firefox, your data is removed in 30 days from Mozilla's servers.

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