Collusion add-on shows which companies are spying on your browsing
Mozilla (those behind Firefox) have unleashed a new add-on for their browser which gives users the chance to see which companies are snooping on them as they browse.
The Collusion add-on is an official Mozilla product, and was unveiled at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference this week by Mozilla. Mozilla CEO, Gary Kovacs, says: 'Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.'
'Collusion will allow us to pull back the curtain and provide users with more information about the growing role of third parties, how data drives most Web experiences, and ultimately how little control we have over that experience and our loss of data.'
In addition to this, Mozilla aims to build up a database of the worst offenders and make the data available to privacy campaigners.
'When we launch the full version of Collusion, it will allow you to opt-in to sharing your anonymous data in a global database of web tracker data,' says the company. 'We’ll combine all that information and make it available to help researchers, journalists, and others analyze and explain how data is tracked on the web.'
Google has been a big champion of Firefox in the past, but it seems that, since they started to withdraw interest from the browser in a bid to push Chrome, relations between the two companies have cooled. Looks like Mozilla are on the offensive with this. Could we be seeing the birth of yet another e-war?