Mozilla this morning launched a Firefox browser appendage for those users not peaceful to undo their Facebook account, though also wanting some control over how most of their information Facebook can access. The “Facebook Container,” as a new prolongation is called, isolates your Facebook temperament from a rest of a web. That means Facebook will not be means to use your other web activity to send your targeted advertising.
To be clear, this prolongation wouldn’t have saved users’ information from being compromised as it was in the Cambridge Analytica scandal; and it does zero to forestall Facebook advertisers from diving into your form and your activity while on a amicable network in sequence to aim we with advertisements while browsing Facebook.
However, it is meant to block during slightest one of a holes in Facebook’s leaky dam by charity a approach for users to forestall Facebook from gaining even some-more information collected outward a service.
When we implement a extension, it deletes your Facebook cookies and logs we out of a amicable network. The subsequent time we open Facebook, you’ll notice it’s been non-stop in a blue-colored “container” tab.
From within that tab, we can continue to use Facebook normally. However, if we click a integrate that would take we to a page off of Facebook, it will bucket a URL outward a container. Similarly, if we click any Facebook Share buttons outward of Facebook, it will bucket those in a Facebook container. (But this will send information to Facebook about a website we common them from, it should be noted.)
In addition, we might not be means to login to third-party apps with your Facebook credentials, and a embedded Facebook comments and Like buttons we see around a web won’t work either.
“This prevents Facebook from comparing information about your activity on websites outward of Facebook to your Facebook identity,” explains The Firefox Frontier blog. “So it might demeanour opposite than what we are used to seeing.”
Actually, it might warn we to find out how widespread your use of Facebook was when outward a amicable network.
Facebook’s height and a off-site promotion network concede other sites and apps to entrance users’ Facebook information even when users aren’t on Facebook itself. Facebook is hardly alone in terms of companies doing this. But it is creation headlines over information mishandling, that means it’s a good time for Mozilla to gain on consumers’ concerns to share their messages – and collection – focused on information privacy.
Mozilla pronounced it sped adult a work on a Facebook Container add-on, that is formed on record it’s been building over a past integrate of years, as it’s seen augmenting consumer direct for collection for handling remoteness and security.
There are other collection accessible to assistance consumers with these issues today, as well, including a Ghostery anti-tracking prolongation now owned by Cliqz, ad blockers (including those bundled with browsers like Safari), and more.
However, single-purpose collection like this are useful since they concede people to extent some data-sharing activity, but carrying to take a extreme step of deletion Facebook.
The Facebook Container Extension is accessible here.