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Firefox will allow users to delete collected data

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Firefox will allow users to delete collected data

The new data protection law in California became effective January 1, 2020, and it affects all Mozilla application users (the company is based in Mountain View, USA), even if they are not In the USA. The company will make it possible for users to request deletion of their data collected from the next Firefox update (v72).

According to the company, “According to the work we have done this year to make managing privacy levels easier and more accessible to our users, deletion control will be incorporated into Firefox and will begin to be implemented in the next browser version in 7. of January. This setting will allow users to request to delete telemetry directly from their browser desktop. ”

How to request deletion of your data

Telemetry is nothing more than the data your browser collects as you surf the Internet. According to Mozilla, no user-specific information (such as the name of a particular site or the type of search performed) is saved, but how many tabs are opened and for how long, for example. The information is used to improve browser performance and fix bugs. Today, you can disable this sharing, but not request removal of what has already been collected.

1. With Firefox 72 already installed, go to the hamburger menu (the dashes at the top right) and click on "Options".

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2. On the page, choose “Privacy and Security”.

Firefox will allow users to delete collected data(Source: Mozilla Firefox / Playback)

3. Uncheck "Allow Firefox to send interaction and technical data to Mozilla"

Firefox will allow users to delete collected data(Source: Mozilla Firefox / Playback)

Mozilla will receive a notification to delete all telemetry data associated with your Client _ID. This done, you will get a message from Firefox: “You do not allow Mozilla to capture technical and interaction data. All data already collected and stored will be deleted in 30 days. ”

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