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There is a bit of a controversy with regard to the Firefox "get add-ons" page and Google Analytics.  See Privacy blunder? Firefox's Get Add-ons page uses Google Analytics.

So there is no concern to Pale Moon users that they need to do anything, the following announcement has been published at A note about our add-ons manager's and geo privacy:


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Since more than a few people have contacted us about what is just an assumed privacy issue without checking first, a few notes about our  in-application privacy:

  • Our  add-ons manager does not use Mozilla's page to display add-on "discovery" content (we haven't used that for years now, since we have been removing reliance on Mozilla services as much as possible). As  such, the recent stir about "Google analytics" being used on Mozilla's in-application page used in Firefox absolutely does not apply to us. You can open your add-ons manager as much as you like and Google will not get the first scrap of your data.
  • Many people may not be aware  of this, but Firefox also sends a full enumerated list of all your  extensions and plugins to the add-ons server when opening the add-ons  manager on its first request. Yes, that's right, just opening the "get add-ons" tab sends your full list of add-ons to Mozilla and by extension  to any analytics service in use by Mozilla (all passed in plaintext in  the requested URL). Pale Moon also does not do this.
  • If an add-on update request is not served by our add-ons server itself, your request will be forwarded to Mozilla's add-ons server to check for extension updates, but with the difference that only the bare minimum of  data needed to check for and request an update is being passed on.  Everything else is dropped on the floor by us.
  • When you use the add-ons manager search function, we currently still use the Mozilla  add-ons API, so those requests are sent to Mozilla directly. We do plan to change this in the future, as well.
  • Pale Moon, unlike Mozilla products, does not use Google for geolocation, and does not  send detailed data about your local/wireless network to the geolocation  provider (that Mozilla products do). Our geolocation is done with a  simple, IP-based lookup using only public data (your internet-facing IP  address). As a result it is slightly less accurate but fully respects  your privacy.


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