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Get Smart On International Data Privacy Day

Today is International Data Privacy Day. It is a day designed to raise awareness and promote best practices for privacy and data protection. It is a day that looks to the future and recognizes that we can and should do better as an industry. It reminds us that we need to focus on the importance of having the trust of our users. At Mozilla, we start from the baseline that privacy and security on the Web are fundamental and not optional. We are transparent with our users about our data practices and provide them options for choice and control. We seek to build trust so we can collectively create the Web our users want – the Web we all want. Still, we are working to do better.

The term “privacy” means different things to each of us. At Mozilla, we don’t pretend to know what it means to everyone or that we can determine the right course of action for each user. Rather, our goal is to provide options to our users so they can choose what is right for them. Our privacy principles help guide features specifically targeted at user privacy and security — such as Do Not Track and accountless communications through Hello. And, we have other initiatives that are aimed at changing the way industry interacts with users. For example, our Tiles initiative helps prove that advertising and other customized content can be displayed in a manner that respects users. Each of these features has been engineered with privacy in mind.

We are also experimenting with new privacy and security features. In November, we announced an experimental tool — a tracking protection feature — that allows a user to opt-out of cross-site tracking of their Web activities. This month, we’ve conducted user testing to iterate and improve the feature and will further simplify and optimize its operation. We also announced that we would support Tor’s efforts to provide users with a private and secure browsing experience. We’ve now launched Tor relays that allow Tor to expand its network and serve more users. Tor can now spend more time on innovation and less time on scalability. We’re learning through this experimentation and will continue to iterate until we can do better.

We continue to advocate for transparency in our industry with respect to the collection and use of user data, and are committed to proving — through our own actions — that there is a better way. There’s a long way to go and we have much to do this year. We want you to help us to create the Web you want. If you have ideas about other steps we can take, please get involved. In the mean time, let’s celebrate International Data Privacy Day! Here are a few quick tips to get smart on privacy. And please join our Twitter Chat on January 28 at 11am PST hosted by @Firefox with guests (including from DuckDuckGo, McAfee, iKeepSafe, Privacy International and the Center for Democracy and Technology, among others).

Firefox Enables You to Experience and Share More on the Web

Firefox puts you in control of your online life and puts everything you need in a personal and customized Web experience. Now, we’re making it easier to experience and share everything you enjoy on the Web with video calling, social sharing and Web apps integrated directly into Firefox.

Firefox integrates three new features directly in the Firefox toolbar or in Customize Mode: Firefox Hello (the first global communications system built directly into a browser), social integration to easily share content with your friends and family through your favorite social sites in one place, and Firefox Marketplace Beta to test Web apps.

Firefox Hello – A simpler way to communicate

Recently, we introduced Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to make it easier and more privacy friendly for you to have voice and video calls online.

Firefox Hello
Conversation window in Firefox Hello

Firefox Hello is free to use, doesn’t require you to sign up for an account and allows Firefox users to connect to anyone, anywhere in the world so long as they have a WebRTC-enabled browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Before Firefox Hello, making a video call meant giving up your email address and possibly more personal information as well as downloading software before you could start the conversation.

Now we’re making it even easier to say ‘hello’ by eliminating some of the call steps and allowing you to save and name your favorite conversations, so you can drop into them as soon as you click a link. Find out more about Firefox Hello here.

Firefox Share – Share the Web through all your favorite social networks

We’re integrating all your favorite social networks in Firefox and giving you a single site to activate your social networks and make it even easier to share Web content without having to leave the website you’re visiting.

Share window in Firefox

Share window in Firefox

To add “Share” functionality in Firefox: visit the Share Activation page and click on the Activate Now link for any social network you wish. Some of the social sites that you can connect with include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+.

Firefox Marketplace Beta – Help Test Apps

Firefox Marketplace Beta is now open for testing on the desktop on Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox Marketplace Beta is built on open Web technologies to give developers and users the flexibility of creating and consuming consistent and connected app experiences across platforms. Visit our support page for details on how to use Firefox Marketplace Beta.

For More Information:

  • Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux release notes
  • Download Firefox
  • Firefox for Android release notes
  • Download Firefox for Android
  • Firefox Hello Makes Connecting By Video As Simple As In Person

    Conversations should begin by video as simply as they do in person. The fact is they don’t. You have to give up your email address, set up an account and share personal information as well as download software before starting to talk.

    Recently, we introduced Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to help make things easier.

    Today we’re simplifying the call process by eliminating some steps. After locating the Hello icon in the menu bar or customization panel, simply click the ‘Start a conversation’ button to create your first conversation. Now when you start a conversation, a window opens showing a self-view until the person you have invited clicks on the link and joins you. While you’re waiting for them to join, you can navigate away from this call window to a website. Hello will then notify you when another party joins the room. The Hello icon will turn blue and you’ll get an audio alert.


    Demonstration of Firefox Hello

    Each conversation uses a unique URL for two people to communicate more easily over video or audio. You can create multiple conversations and name them for different occasions, making it easier to go back to the people you speak to regularly without having to create a new link each time. This can all be done without the need for setting up an account or giving up any of your personal information. You might label one conversation ‘121’ for your weekly check-in with a co-worker and another ‘Family time’ for your regular family catch-up. Your saved conversations will always be there when you need them.
    Firefox Hello
    Conversation window in Firefox Hello

    For those of you who want to contact someone directly, you just need to make sure both parties have Firefox Accounts. If your contacts have a Firefox Account and are online, then you can call these contacts directly from Firefox. You can sign into your Firefox Account on every computer you use, so you can be reached at home or at work. If you have a Google account, you can easily import your contacts to your Hello address book. Simply select ‘Import Contacts’ from the address book and then sign into your Google account to give permission.

    Experiencing the Web Together

    We’ve been developing Firefox Hello with our long-term partner Telefónica, and leveraging TokBox technology to help power the service, but this is just the beginning. As we look to expand Firefox Hello into a comprehensive tool for communicating over the Web, we’ll be testing new features like screen sharing and online collaboration so people can be more productive and get the most out of their video calls. This could include things like planning a vacation, shopping online or playing a game while on a video call together. The possibilities are endless.

    So what are you waiting for? Why not say ‘hello’ to someone today! Here’s how to get started.
    We hope you enjoy using Hello and look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.

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