- by Firefox user 11428136, a year agoRated 1 out of 5ask for too much access of personal data. why they need it for? sell them to third party? is just a scam used by the author to build another app using the data he collect with this app avoiding to buy that info he needs.
- by Artem S. Tashkinov, a year agoRated 1 out of 5Please add an option to disable FlagFox' web page context menu entry. I just don't need it there.
I asked you three months ago. You haven't listened. OK, one star rating.
- by Firefox user 14353115, 3 years agoRated 1 out of 5There is a blatant dishonnesty about this extension that pretends to be nonintrusive, yet demands access to :
- your IP adress and hostname (useful for surveillance/tracking only),
- your clipboard (what for, mind you?),
- all the data on all the Web pages you browse...
And now you can't upgrade it if one of these are missing!
Nonintrusive or really abusive?
Il y a une malhonnêteté flagrante sur cette extension qui se prétend non intrusive, mais qui demande pourtant accès à :
- votre adresse IP et nom d'hôte (utile seulement pour un flicage),
- votre presse-papiers (pour quoi, croyez-vous ?),
- toutes les données de toutes les pages Web que vous consultez...
Et maintenant, vous ne pouvez pas la mettre à jour si un d'entre eux manque !
Non intrusive ou vraiment abusive ?
Developer responseposted 3 years agoThis is patently nonsense. If Mozilla's permissions system scares you, please do some research about it before ranting. The "new" permission was added for a "new" feature finally added to newer versions of Firefox to replace an old one that Flagfox previously used for TEN YEARS. Yes, it's astonishingly stupid that Mozilla's addon upgrade GUI handles permissions so poorly, but I have no control over this.
A detailed explanation of each WebExtension permission Flagfox uses is here:
Some quick notes for the TL;DR people who won't read that, though:
1) Being paranoid about allowing copy/paste is a new one for me, especially given Flagfox having features that explicitly are labeled with "copy" and "paste" that use it.
2) "Your IP address and hostname" is wrong; the permissions it wants are for the IP/host of the sites you visit for Flagfox to look up. Yes, it seems that Mozilla worded its permissions very badly. (for this specific permission, it really means DNS, and Flagfox only uses it in its offline mode, currently)
3) IPs/hosts are not only for "surveillance/tracking"; that's ridiculous. IPs are encoded location information and Flagfox is an addon to look up locations. This shouldn't be complicated to understand as long as you don't short-circuit your understanding of words once you hit one that is sometimes uses in a scary situation.
4) "all the data on all the Web pages you browse": Flagfox needs access to various things for different features, but yes, technically not "all". There is no way provided by Mozilla to restrict it more, and certainly not without making a mess of new confusing permissions that nobody would be able to reasonably sort through. (especially given how Firefox seems to break upgrades with new permissions)
5) MOZILLA STILL HAS AN ADDON REVIEW PROCESS THAT REQUIRES ALL ADDONS TO FOLLOW MOZILLA POLICY. All updates go through both an automated and human check before being allowed public. If Flagfox was really doing whatever nefarious thing you can't articulate, it'd be kicked off of this site and potentially banned from Firefox.