Mozilla announced that users of Firefox will now be able to delete data collected in its Firefox v.72 released on January 7, 2020.
The new feature has been included in the popular browser as a reaction to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which came into force on January 1, 2020 and aims to give more control to Californians over their data.
Mozilla said all users, whether they are located in the EU, should have the same rights under the legislation. The company believes that privacy is fundamental to the online experience and that the rights laid down in GDPR should benefit everyone.
This data does not include web history, which Mozilla does not collect anyway, but it does include data on how many tabs have been opened and the session lengths of browsers.
Once Firefox v72 is updated users will be able to request the deletion of telemetry data by following below steps:
- Go to Settings and Click on Options
- Then go to Privacy and Security.
- Now under Firefox Data Collection and use deselect the Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla checkbox.
Note: Upon unchecking this option, Mozilla will get a request to delete all the telemetry data for that Client ID. Upon successful completion, users will receive the following message: You’re no longer allowing Mozilla to capture technical and interaction data. All Past data will be deleted within 30 days.
As per the report, Firefox version 72 of the browser is also taking steps to make a website-generated notification requests less annoying and intrusive.
Now Firefox will simply display an icon in the address bar to let you know that updates are more open, rather than a message showing up on the screen to ask if you would like to receive notifications from a particular site.