Firefox team stops collecting data to ensure user privacy

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The Firefox team decided this week to stop collecting unique identifiers that link crash reports from the same user.

During the somewhat heated debate during an extended session of its weekly meeting, opponents said the practice violates user privacy, while proponents say having the data visible could help them fix bugs and solve bottlenecks faster — even though they claim to have never used it before.

Opponents won the debate by arguing that user privacy trumps any development issue. After the meeting, engineering chief Mike Beltzner summed up the issue this way:

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