Firefox implements blocking of all third party tracking
Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 10:52:06 AM
Just saw the news today that Firefox has 'flipped the switch' to automatically block all third party tracking.

That's might be bad news for affiliates trying to earn referrals by promoting our work here. Probably going to be worse news if other browsers decide to follow their lead.

Would welcome hearing from Zazzle about their thoughts on this; seems like it could have a significant effect on them and us. But maybe that damage has already been done with ad blockers?
Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 11:06:29 AM
Thanks for the heasds-up, Fuzzy Love
I've just clicked the shield icon (to see what is being blocked). It seems like the referral cookies aren't amongst them.
Hopefully someone who understands cookies far better than I will chip in to verify this.
Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 12:03:55 PM
HightonRidley wrote:
Thanks for the heasds-up, Fuzzy Love
I've just clicked the shield icon (to see what is being blocked). It seems like the referral cookies aren't amongst them.
Hopefully someone who understands cookies far better than I will chip in to verify this.

Firefox references this page:

https://disconnect.me/trackerprotection#definition-of-tracking

...which talks about kinds of trackers:

Quote:
Categories of trackers↑
Advertising: A tracker which also displays ads or marketing offers. These types of ads can track your personal information and expose you to malware, even if you don’t interact with them.

Analytics: A tracker which collects your information and may build a profile based on your online activity that can be connected with your real name or other unique identifier.

Cryptomining: A domain may be classified as cryptomining if it can cause the user's browser to mine cryptocurrencies without explicit user opt-in.

Fingerprinting: A tracker may be classified as fingerprinting if it abuses browser or device features in unintended ways to identify and track users.

Session replay: A tracker which records all actions a user takes on a webpage in order to recreate the user's session may be classified as a replay script.

Social: A tracker may be classified as social if it uses tracking techniques that allow a social networking service to track your web browsing activities even when you are not on the social network’s website or app.

When I just open Firefox and click on the shield, it looks to me like they're blocking their own site (Mozilla), and also Google Analytics. Will have to poke around some more.

We might be fine, unless they consider our external links to be "Advertising". ETA: Conversely, if they consider it "Content" (think Pinterest), then it may be unblocked?
Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 12:04:53 PM
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
Just saw the news today that Firefox has 'flipped the switch' to automatically block all third party tracking.

That's might be bad news for affiliates trying to earn referrals by promoting our work here. Probably going to be worse news if other browsers decide to follow their lead.

Would welcome hearing from Zazzle about their thoughts on this; seems like it could have a significant effect on them and us. But maybe that damage has already been done with ad blockers?


Many already have a cookie cruncher plugin in their browser. As much as it hurts referral income the trouble is, that 3rd party tracking has been abused and as always the worst players invoke restrictions for all.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 12:06:05 PM
I think the initial reporting I saw on this was incorrect. As I read more, it seems clear that it's not really "all" third party tracking. It's very specific kinds of third party tracking.
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