Firefox, one of the most popular web browsers, will soon let users delete all their collected data in an upcoming browser update. The update is scheduled to be rolled out on January 7, and is an excellent step to comply with The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which came into effect on January 1.
The new act, which is similar to Europe’s GDPR, gives a right to people in California to know and manage personal data collected by the websites visited through Firefox. The CCPA will give people in California more grip over their data, but Firefox’s new update will be available to everyone who uses their browser.
Over the past couple of years, Mozilla has really put a lot of time and effort into making sure Firefox is privacy and security oriented. The browser currently collects very little information about its users, but with the upcoming update, even that minuscule amount of data can be deleted.
We’ve decided to go the extra mile and expand user deletion rights to include deleting this telemetry data stored in our systems. To date, the industry has not typically considered telemetry data “personal data” because it isn’t identifiable to a specific person, but we feel strongly that taking this step is the right one for people and the ecosystem.– MozillA
The update should be available on January 7, so keep an eye out for that. We’ll be publishing a guide on how to delete your Firefox data as soon as the update is here.