• Firefox to let users delete data

    Date:6 January 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, ,

    Mozilla, owners of the web browser Firefox, has said it is giving its users control over all their data. This comes after the California Consumer Privacy Act which came into effect at the beginning of 2020.

    According to CNET, the new data privacy law gives California residents the right to know what personal data tech companies collect. It also enables people to ask companies to delete their data and not sell it.

    Despite being a result of a US state law, Firefox will be giving over this control to all its users worldwide.

    “Changes we are making in the browser will apply to every Firefox user, not just those in California,” said the company in a blog post.

    This move comes after the issue of data privacy came to a head in 2019, with major tech companies being called out for their flagrant misuse and selling of personal data of their users.

    Mozilla, already a browser that promoted very little data collection, is now taking this extra step to ensure people have control over all of their data.

    “For Firefox, privacy is not optional. We don’t think people should have to choose between the technology they love and their privacy. We think you should have both,” it said.

    This option will be available to users from 7 January when the new version of Firefox rolls-out.

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