Firefox third-party cookie blocking again postponed

Once again, Mozilla has postponed including third-party cookie blocking by default in Firefox for several months, as the company wants to include something known as the "Cookie Cleaninghouse". Previously we heard that Firefox 22, scheduled for release on June 25, would include cookie third party cookie blocking, although last month we heard it was delayed; now it has been delayed further as Mozilla implements the Cookie Cleaninghouse (CCH).

The CCH was launched by Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society as a number of lists to help manage third party cookies: one list will be available that details sites to be blocked by web browsers, will another will list blocking exceptions. The idea is that websites would be added to these lists, now with the help of Mozilla, in a similar fashion to malware detection lists that are already used by modern browsers.

As the CCH lists are currently still being populated and are not expected to be ready until later this year, it could still be many months before we see Firefox implement third-party cookie blocking.

Source: PCWorld
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COKid said,
Wow, some people are still paranoid about cookies!

it's not paranoia when people simply want to not be tracked. there are tracking cookies right?

King Mustard said,
Will un-ticking "Accept third-party cookies" affect my browsing experience in a negative way?

Yes, some sites require them to browse through. Just do what I do: Set the marked settings as mine: http://i.imgur.com/zmdkpFI.jpg
And then in "Exceptions" allow only the sites that you want to save the cookies from. Sites like for example neowin.net, reddit.com, bing.com, facebook.com, youtube.com and the likes, where you want to stay logged in and keep your browsing settings (like search location and search result filtering settings in bing.com).

Every other cookies from sites that aren't allowed in exception, will be just deleted when Firefox will be closed; erasing all the tracking and resetting all the settings on those sites

The only plugins they blocked were insecure ones.

But yes, they are worried about people either switching away when a site breaks, or disabling the blocks entire. Both of those options defeats the point the blocking the cookies in the first place.

Pupik said,
It's already there in privacy settings 0_o

Mozilla has postponed including third-party cookie blocking by default in Firefox

Not what the article and the title is about.

Previously we heard that Firefox 22, scheduled for release on June 25, would include cookie third party cookie blocking, although last month we heard it was delayed

The only thing I see in my firefox privacy settings is the "Do Not Track" feature. This just tells advertising companies that you don't want to be tracked and it's up to the advertising companies whether to honour your request or not. The feature that the article is talking about actually blocks all third party cookies.

BigCheese said,
The only thing I see in my firefox privacy settings is the "Do Not Track" feature. This just tells advertising companies that you don't want to be tracked and it's up to the advertising companies whether to honour your request or not. The feature that the article is talking about actually blocks all third party cookies.

Look better next time. It's been there for a few years now: http://i.imgur.com/12PmLlB.jpg

Fish said,
Mozilla has postponed including third-party cookie blocking by default in Firefox

so saying it's a new feature because the new CCH will block cookies by default when it's in the settings... innovation. basically the lazy mans version.