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Ant P.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:43 pm    Post subject: [solved] Firefox 61: toolkit.telemetry.enabled forced on? Reply with quote

While scrolling through about:config for something else I came across this unpleasant surprise:
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toolkit.telemetry.enabled   | locked      | boolean      | true

And sure enough, the UI checkbox to turn this stuff off is greyed out. What's going on?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1422689

Bugzilla message #3 wrote:
On Firefox Desktop starting with 58 toolkit.telemetry.enabled is locked to "true" on beta, aurora, and nightly channels (as well as unofficial builds with the 'default' channel). It is locked to "false" in all other cases.

This, rather unstraighforwardly, does not mean Telemetry is enabled. This means that, if telemetry is enabled, we collect somewhat more information. More details about our unfortunately-confusing Telemetry preferences can be found in the docs[1] and in the bug tree rooted at bug 1406390.

To disable Telemetry, uncheck the box in about:preferences labelled "Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla". That will disable all data collection from Firefox to Mozilla via Telemetry. The corresponding about:config pref is `datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled`

We plan on straightening out the confusion caused by these historical naming artefacts next year.

[1]: https://firefox-source-docs.mozilla.org/toolkit/components/telemetry/telemetry/internals/preferences.html

No need to worry! :-)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's silly, but I'll assume they're being honest. The rest of The Internet is pretty good at calling them out when they do underhanded things with privacy.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any reason why there's no firefox-bin 61 for a long time now ?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kajzer wrote:
Any reason why there's no firefox-bin 61 for a long time now ?


https://bugs.gentoo.org/659686 No devs to support it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Juippisi wrote:
kajzer wrote:
Any reason why there's no firefox-bin 61 for a long time now ?


https://bugs.gentoo.org/659686 No devs to support it.


Thanks for the information, should have searched bugzilla :oops:
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