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Security: Mozilla pulls four Firefox add-ons over excessive data collection

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Browser security extensions aren’t automatically safer — they might even make things worse. Mozilla has pulled Avast’s Online Security and SafePrice extensions for Firefox, plus their AVG-branded equivalents, after AdBlock Plus creator Wladimir Palant found they were collecting much more data than necessary. This included a detailed web history that went well beyond site addresses and search history, including when and how long you visit a site, what you click, the number of open tabs and even when you switch to another tab. Mozilla’s policies explicitly forbid this kind of fine-grained collection.

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