[tbb-bugs] #22814 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Disable clipboard.autocopy in TOR Browser

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#22814: Disable clipboard.autocopy in TOR Browser
 Reporter:  pqrst                     |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Major                     |     Resolution:
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Comment (by pqrst):

 Clicking with the scroll wheel on a link is how I usually open a link in a
 new tab (it's probably the same as a middle mouse click). BTW, this is
 also why I encounter the above issue in practice: if I miss the link or
 click on a non-linked area that I expected to be a link, I get redirected
 to some random page that I browsed previously. Instead, I would expect
 nothing to happen if I middle-click on something that can't be opened in a
 new tab, so this is sort of annoying in any case.

 In the case of TOR Browser this is more than just annoying, since it
 periodically causes me to accidentally reopen pages in normal Firefox that
 I may not want to have my ip to be associated with. Even if someone does
 find the above feature convenient, I would say that security takes
 precedence in this case.

 When this occurs, I did not explicitly copy the link in question. It is
 possible that I selected it for the purpose of deleting the old address
 and navigating to a new page. If this is what causes the link to be
 autocopied to the clipboard, I suggest that this be disabled as well: TOR
 Browser imposes far worse inconveniences on the user than having to
 explicitly Ctrl-C when you actually want to copy something.

 And yes, this does sound related to #10089.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/22814#comment:4>
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