Re: The Spirit of Free Software, or The Reality
On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:56:29PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Nikolaus Rath writes ("Re: The Spirit of Free Software, or The Reality"):
> > On Jul 15 2015, Jakub Wilk <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > So I made this experiment with Iceweasel. These are the requests it
> > > makes with a fresh profile, before you even type an URL:
> > >
> > > POST https://location.services.mozilla.com/v1/country?key=no-mozilla-api-key
> > > GET http://www.ebay.com/favicon.ico
> > > GET http://en.wikipedia.org/favicon.ico
> > > GET http://www.yahoo.com/favicon.ico
> > > GET http://www.google.com/favicon.ico
> > > GET http://www.amazon.com/favicon.ico
> > 1. Were you surprised by this? I was certainly not, this is about what I
> > would have guessed. If a program does what I expect it to do, I'm not
> > sure if me starting it is "violating my privacy".
> I was surprised that it would download the icons from the installed
> search providers. There is no need for it to do that. And that means
> that the mere presence of an unused but configured search provider,
> causes every user's iceweasel to notify the search provider whenever
> the user starts the browser.
Starts the browser for the first time ever.