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EFF asks for help testing its Privacy Badger browser add-on

Badger kicks dirt in the face of online trackers
Fri May 02 2014, 10:27


PRIVACY WATCHER the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is asking internet users to help it test Privacy Badger, a web browser add-on for blocking spying ads and trackers.

The EFF said that privacy is important at the moment and added that its request for assistance comes on the heels of a Mozilla report that found web users value privacy above all else online.

Unfortunately after Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations we know that the web is light on privacy, and the EFF knows it too.

"Privacy Badger is part of EFF's growing campaign to deliver that privacy by giving you the technical means to disallow trackers within the pages you read on the web," it said.

"This is an alpha release; we've been using it internally and don't think it's too buggy. But we're looking for intrepid users to try it out and let us know before we encourage millions of people to install it. If you find bugs, you can file them on Github against either the Firefox or Chrome repos as appropriate."

The browser add-on is not unlike Mozilla's own Lightbeam, which provides a graphical representation of trackers, and the EFF said that Privacy Badger lets users stay on top of adverts and allow or disallow them as they like.

The EFF added that truly objectionable advertising practices will be flagged by Privacy Badger, and explained that it will weed out the worst kind of cookies.

"Privacy Badger is a browser add-on tool that analyses sites to detect and disallow content that tracks you in an objectionable, non-consensual manner," it said.

"If a third-party server appears to be tracking you without permission, by using uniquely identifying cookies to collect a record of the pages you visit across multiple sites, Privacy Badger will automatically disallow content from that third-party tracker."

This week Google announced that it would stop scanning student apps users for tailored advertising. It said that this was not something that it planned to do anyway. µ


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