Twitter has said it joins Mozilla in a bid to give its users the ability to opt-out of being tracked in any way through Twitter.This comes as a good piece of news for the users needing more privacy since the browser prevents websites from using cookies to track the user’s behavior and personal info.
Twitter will implement the Do Not Track feature in the Firefox browser that enables people to opt-out of cookies that collect personal information and any third-party cookies, including those used for advertising. The Do Not Track functionality will only work if a Web site agrees to acknowledge it. Users will still see ads, but not ones geared specifically at the user. A Do Not Track HTTP header is transmitted each time a user’s data is requested from the Web.
Twitter said that it supports Do Not Track, at least on its Web service. "The Federal Trade Commission’s CTO, Ed Felten, just mentioned Twitter now supports Do Not Track," Carolyn Penner, a Twitter spokeswoman, stated via Twitter. "We applaud the FTC’s leadership on DNT."
Meanwhile Mozilla said that they are excited that Twitter now supports Do Not Track and global user adoption rates continue to increase, which signifies a big step forward for Do Not Track and the Web. Mozilla noted that the adoption rates of Do Not Track are now 8.6 percent for desktop users and 19 percent for mobile users.The highest percentage of users turning on Do Not Track are located in the Netherlands, France, and the United States, Mozilla added.
Firefox users can go to Tools > then Options then Privacy. And finally check the Tell websites I do not want to be tracked option.
[via NYTimes, PC Mag]