Mozilla remotely disabled add-on that sent browsing history to third party server

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We’ve just posted the following news: Mozilla remotely disabled add-on that sent browsing history to third party server[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/09/myce-stop-ads-95x75.png[/newsimage]

Mozilla has blocked older versions of the Stop Ads adblock add-on because it sent the entire browsing history of its users to a third party. The browser developer is able to remotely block malicious and problematic add-ons.

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#2

I did not know Mozilla could remotely disable addons. It sounds like the user has the ability to override this behavior, so that’s good. Still, I don’t like the idea that developers can remote control what their users can and can’t do with their apps. If Mozilla decides to use this power for evil, many users will be unable to figure out how to re-enable their addons. Of course, the more tech-savy users will always find a way, but people who don’t know too much about computers will be driven away from their addons of choice.

In any case, it’s not too likely Mozilla will do any such thing. Given their history of being pro-freedom, it’s unlikely they’ll disable addons that don’t violate the users’ freedom.