Firefox to get its own "health report" by collecting user data

In the near future, Firefox users will be asked to participate in a newly revealed program that its creators at Mozilla hope will improve the web browser. The program will be called the Firefox Health Report and it will appear in a forthcoming Nightly build of the browser.

In a post on the official Mozilla blog, the company said that at the moment it is "quite limited" with what is terms is its "ability to deliver excellence to our Firefox users." Mozilla claims that they need more data from their users to create a better web browser but "acquired in a very carefully considered manner and with full disclosure of our motivations."

The Firefox Health Report will collect information such as PC hardware configurations, the operating system, the number and type of browser add-ons, performance data and more.  The FAQ page for this new feature offers more information, including word that users can opt out from sending this kind of data to Mozilla:

We believe in giving users power over data, even data like this that isn’t personally identifiable or linkable to our users. FHR will give Firefox users control over data submitted by their browser as a result of this feature. Users can use FHR data to better understand their browser’s performance or stability by comparing it to that of aggregate data from other browser configurations. At any time users can disable the feature or delete data associated with their browser.

Source: Official Mozilla blog | Image via Mozilla

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