Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hello,

I am the author of the ParanoidKit collection, A featured collection on AMO with +700 followers.

I first must apologize for being a bit rash and careless to the developer. Specifically, I was about 2 months late recieving an email and contact number from the team explaining my prior concerns on this add-on. This reflects very poorly on my part and consequently, may have damaged the add-on's reputation as well. I will continue my review, unbaised over past failures and move forward, but it wouldn't feel right without first disclosing that information.

After heavily scurtinizing the addon, I had my questions answered shortly after my previous post.

Expect for the commercial feel, and some minimal privacy concerns. I feel pretty confident the guys at PrivacyChoice.org have a competent dev team that keeps current with todays privacy issues... so I feel comfortable recommending the add-on, but wish to advise no system is perfect.

This system has 2 weakness:

1) A unique cookie is used to store user prefs instead of updating the add-on every x days (which is fairly reasonable). The cookie stays presistant even when you clear cookies as well. :-/

However, PrivacyChoice seems pretty strict and straight forward on how they wish this data to be handled otherwise. :-\

2) This add-on is dependant on the team that creates its rules. This isn't so much a weakness or failure, but it would be nice to see more community driven stuff. I guess you always welcome to address the dev with your concerns or findings.

I have not tested the effectiveness of this add-on, but my judgement (gut feeling) is this add-on is very effective.

Aside from the commercial feel mentioned earlier, I have no other complaints, and see this as a well made add-on that gets my nod. I will keep this add-on under further (good) consideration.

thank you

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hello,

I am the author of the ParanoidKit collection, A featured collection on AMO with +700 followers.

I first must apologize for being a bit rash and careless to the developer. Specifically, I was about 2 months late recieving an email and contact number from the team explaining my prior concerns on this add-on. This reflects very poorly on my part and consequently, may have damaged the add-on's reputation as well. I will continue my review, unbaised over past failures and move forward, but it wouldn't feel right without first disclosing that information.

After heavily scurtinizing the addon, I had my questions answered shortly after my previous post.

Expect for the commercial feel, and some minimal privacy concerns. I feel pretty confident the guys at PrivacyChoice.org have a competent dev team that keeps current with todays privacy issues... so I feel comfortable recommending the add-on, but wish to advise no system is perfect.

This system has 2 weakness:

1) A unique cookie is used to store user prefs instead of updating the add-on every x days (which is fairly reasonable). The cookie stays presistant even when you clear cookies as well. :-/

However, PrivacyChoice seems pretty strict and straight forward on how they wish this data to be handled otherwise. :-\

2) This add-on is dependant on the team that creates its rules. This isn't so much a weakness or failure, but it would be nice to see more community driven stuff. I guess you always welcome to address the dev with you concerns or findings.

Aside from the commercial feel, I have no other complaints, and see this as a well made add-on that gets my nod. I will keep this add-on under further (good) consideration in the future.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1). 

...Maybe... Just a little confused Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I run "The Paranoid Kit" Add-on collection. I haven't touched the collection in some time now, but decided it was time to review the add-ons, check out new ones and take the bad ones out.

While my first impression of this add-on is negative, I generally try to keep approaching it with an unbiased mind set. Here are a few questions and concerns I have found:

1) After installing the add-on, The user is sent to a website to configure it. Why? (and Yes!, I'm **That** paranoid).

2) The privacy policy on your site (to configure it?) says you collect data in aggregate form (Good, but not great). You also run 2 API's for analytics on the site as well, one being Google (the other an open source platform, I haven't heard of it --- so --- (sigh) -- **to do**). I know the Google service fairly well, I use it to monitor and track trends on my companies website as well. :-\

3) Does the site modify the add-on or some exchange take place, even something as simple as just reading/writing settings? (clarify maybe in the FAQ's on how it works instead of saying "We use an add-on")

4) Where are preferences held? In a cookie, local file or about:config lines internal to FF? (Yea i know i should be checking these questions out myself, but i figure the dev knows the ins and outs and can save me a few hours if the response seems right.)

5) Yea this website config thing really bothers me. Infact, I find it incredibly dodgy that you make it spawn a new window but have the URL hidden. Ya know, fraud and scam sites follow this same metric, and we're supposed to trust you with our privacy? (I can *not* rule out this is a bug if you say it supports FF4). Are you trying to hide the fact your using your WEBSITE -- To set peoples Prefs?! I'm sure the site is simply used to be able to quickly add/modify/remove items to the index?

6) As per the 'pref setting' site: "Third-Party Data Collection. We may link to third parties, such as UserVoice (privacy policy), and these parties may use cookies or other tracking method under their own privacy policies, but they have agreed not to use or share the information for other purposes."

This seems like a slippery slope. We have to trust you, and then out of good faith trust UserVoice just the same? Are you really saying that basically in order to truly keep a tabs on our privacy (By use of an add-on mind you) That we must also keep mindful of changes in Your, Google's **AND** UserVoice policy?

Thanks for your time. I look forward to a (positive) response and hope to learn much more of what appears to be a terrific idea for an add-on. I also hope maybe some of my questions may provide you with valuable feedback information.

Thanks
Somebody. :o)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1).