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Old 19-09-18, 11:04
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Avast has flagged up another browser plugin today (telemetry coverage) again hidden by FF,but shows in CCleaner,is this normal for FF or do i have something else?
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Old 19-09-18, 19:51
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The following articles aren't recent, except fro the one from Mozilla (5th June 2017), but they may give you some useful info:

Why you may want to enable Firefox Telemetry data - gHacks Tech News

How to disable the Firefox Saved Telemetry Pings and archive folder - gHacks Tech News

Measuring Search in Firefox | Firefox Data
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Old 20-09-18, 12:39
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so basically they could have been doing it for years and we not know about it,i have all the boxes unticked in the data section anyway so should i let avast remove these add-ons (probably can't unless i pay for it)
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Old 20-09-18, 22:09
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so basically they could have been doing it for years and we not know about it
That seems to be about the size of it beefy, very sneaky of them but not really much of a surprise.
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Old 22-09-18, 16:12
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add ons have been reinstated with the latest update 62.0.2.
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Old 22-09-18, 19:40
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I've just seen these Firefox Plugins in v62.02:

OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco Systems, Inc. 1.7.1
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This plugin is automatically installed by Mozilla to comply with the WebRTC specification and to enable WebRTC calls with devices that require the H.264 video codec. Visit http://www.openh264.org/ to view the codec source code and learn more about the implementation.
Widevine Content Decryption Module provided by Google Inc. 1.4.9.1088
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Play back protected web video.
I don't remember them being there before, but I probably didn't look! The only other plugin shown is Shockwave Flash, but I installed that on the PC myself.
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Old 22-09-18, 20:36
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The Widevine and OpenH264 have been installed by default for some time now, the latest telemetry-related add-on is only included in 1% of downloads with a view to estimate the overall % of FF users who have telemetry turned off, see GHacks.

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The organization made the decision to measure Telemetry Coverage to get an estimate of the percentage of Firefox installations with Telemetry set to off.

Mozilla created the Telemetry Coverage system add-on and distributed it to 1% of the Firefox population. The add-on is automatically installed and designed to inform Mozilla whether Telemetry is enabled in the browser.
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Old 23-09-18, 00:41
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Thanks for the info and the link to the gHacks article satrow. I don't use Firefox much, only on this desktop sometimes. I had a look at about:preferences#privacy and 'Allow Firefox to send backlogged crash reports on your behalf' was already unticked - the others are now too.
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