Mozilla Removes Firefox add-ons Over Excessive Data Collection Without Consent


If you are regularly using browser security add-ons or extensions, then here’s some bad news for you all. Recently, Mozilla has removed four Firefox add-ons from their add-ons store. According to reports, Mozilla has pulled out these extensions due to excessive data collections from the users.

Mozilla has pulled out the popular security extensions such as AVAST and AVG from their section. The real issues were found by the AdBlock Plus creator Wladimir Palant. These extensions were collecting much more data than necessary.

If we talk about the data collection done by these extensions, the researcher has found that these extensions were collecting all the data from the users such as personal browsing history, site addresses, long visited sites, what you click as well. It also collects the data from the number of tabs opened on the web browser.

On October 28th, Palant wrote about these issues about the Mozilla Firefox and these four extensions. After collecting feedback from the users, he approached to Mozilla on December 2nd. After seeing the irrelevant data collection from these extensions, Mozilla has removed all four extensions within 24 hours from their add-ons section.

Opera has also removed these extensions from their store within 16 hours after receiving the same notice from the authority.

Avast and AVG are undoubtedly the most popular and highly used extensions for web security. Instead of using the software separately, they offer add-on services to keep the web surfing secured and safe.

According to reports, Avast and AVG’s extensions will be revised and re-developed for the users and they will re-launch them on the respective platforms very soon. In fact, Avast took up the challenge and started discussing things with Mozilla to fix up the issues.

Avast’s officials have said that they have already implemented the Mozilla’s latest and updated privacy and policies. And also planned the future versions that are compatible with their policies and offer more transparency. When it comes to the collection of the users’ data, they will also remove the irrelevant tracking of such data from the user’s account.

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