Collusion developed BY Mozilla Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Unless I'm completely wrong (don't think I am), Collusion is developed BY Mozilla or one of it's employees. Does that make it bad? Not necessarily, but it should be made clear.
"Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has unveiled a new add-on for the popular web browser that gives web users an instant view of which companies are 'watching' them as they browse."
"The Collusion add-on will allow users to 'pull back the curtain' on web advertising firms and other third parties that track people's online movements, says Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs."
It may / may not do what's advertised - w/o further compromising privacy. Mozilla developing this addon & not disclosing that fact, is a little like an accounting firm doing its own audit. Until some qualified, unbiased testing labs verify what an addon like this actually does (& tests it on an ongoing basis), I'd be somewhat skeptical.
Get one thing straight - NO browser is in the complete privacy business. They ALL make HUGE sums through deals w/ companies [like] Google & others, which collect private data.
Can any of that data be personally identifiable? Much of it, no. But according to some researchers, some of it - yes.
How 'bout for starters, disabling cookies / 3rd party cookies by default in Firefox? I've had ALL cookies disabled for years & other blocking addons & simply allow a specific site to set 1st party cookies when I need it.
Has Google or other data mining / advertising co's ever been caught doing anything shady or illegal? Uh...YEAH. Many times.
"Vivian Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship said, 'Any company which wants to utilise the European market of 500 million citizens - which we've made borderless, a golden opportunity - then the European rules apply.'
'Citizens should have the possibility of buying into more extensive use of their data - but that should be their freedom to choose, not done by a sneaking way of taking the freedom away from the citizens,' said Reding in an interview with The Guardian.