[tor-talk] Adblock for everyone

cl34r an0n102968 at riseup.net
Sun Oct 6 20:01:30 UTC 2013

Just wanted to add that Adblock edge is a fork of Adblock Plus that does NOT whitelist advertising companies.
See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/adblock-edge/

Andrew Lewman <andrew at torproject.is> wrote:
>On Sun, 6 Oct 2013 05:18:18 -0400 (EDT)
>Alice Anderson <foxacidproblem at aol.com> wrote:
>> Why you have HTTPSEverywhere and Noscript by default but not
>> Adblockplus on TBB package? it really helps and blcok major tracking
>> companies like Google Facebook ... Tor is not perfect, as almost all
>> web pages have inserted at least one of these trackers on their
>> page's source, one mistake is enough to compromise our privacy.
>> Adblock solve this problem by just blocking these third parties.
>> another danger of these third parties is FoxAcid codes! Facebook
>> button is the best place for FoxAcid calls. please insert adblock by
>> default on TBB package, if not explain why?
>Adblock whitelists certain advertising companies and ads themselves:
>See https://adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads and
>See #5 under
>"No filters
>Site-specific or filter-based addons such as AdBlock Plus, Request
>Policy, Ghostery, Priv3, and Sharemenot are to be avoided. We believe
>that these addons do not add any real privacy to a proper
>implementation of the above privacy requirements, and that development
>efforts should be focused on general solutions that prevent tracking by
>all third parties, rather than a list of specific URLs or hosts.
>Filter-based addons can also introduce strange breakage and cause
>usability nightmares, and will also fail to do their job if an
>adversary simply registers a new domain or creates a new url path.
>Worse still, the unique filter sets that each user creates or installs
>will provide a wealth of fingerprinting targets.
>As a general matter, we are also generally opposed to shipping an
>always-on Ad blocker with Tor Browser. We feel that this would damage
>our credibility in terms of demonstrating that we are providing privacy
>through a sound design alone, as well as damage the acceptance of Tor
>users by sites that support themselves through advertising revenue.
>Users are free to install these addons if they wish, but doing so is
>not recommended, as it will alter the browser request fingerprint. "
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