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Firefox drops "ask me every time" and DOESN'T TELL ANYONE

By glnz ·
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Mozilla has just eliminated a crucial security component of the Firefox web browser. The cookie control setting “Ask me every time” is now gone. It was deleted from FF 44.

In addition, Mozilla DIDN’T TELL ANYONE and automatically changed the related Firefox option setting to “Accept [cookies] … Always”, for everyone. And that's ALL cookies, not just third-party cookies.

This feature was the #1 reason why I and so many moved to Firefox in the first place – instant fine-tuned easy-to-use control over cookies before they stick. There is no substitute.

Because Mozilla didn’t announce this, and because there is no visible sign of the disappearance of this important feature, most users don’t know that they are now allowing cookies that stick.

There are two very good threads about this:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2987945
and
http://www.ghacks.net/2016/02/05/firefox-44ask-me-everytime-cookie-option-removed/#comment-3819357

To all the experts here at TechRepublic -- I hope you know what I’m describing. I’m NOT a tech. I’m only a lawyer. But this was truly an essential feature of Firefox. Without it, Firefox is no more secure than Chrome or anything else. Probably less.

Why is Mozilla going backwards? What’s its motive?

Because TechRepublic is an unusually knowledgeable group, and because this tourist would like to see Mozilla change its mind, I urge all TechRepublic participants to re-post and re-send this where it will do the most good.

Can someone here start a movement?

Thanks.

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