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The Register: Netscape's disappearing privacy code

May 10, 2000, 04:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Annie Kermath)

"Netscape has denied yanking privacy features from Mozilla builds under pressure from parent company -- and the leading project sponsor of the open source browser project -- AOL. The code in question allows users to block banner ads."

"According to Netscape's Steve Morse, speculation is premature. The code is being included in builds, but has been publicly disabled. It can still be enabled in the user preference file that Mozilla (and hence Communicator) reads at start-up."

"An earlier Mozilla bug report pinpointed the problem with the code as marking images as ads which weren't ads at all -- specifically the buttons in AltaVista, which get fetched from another server. ... However, the speculation doesn't seem to have been entirely irrational. After the code had already been marked as a problematic in an earlier bug report, Netscape's reaction to a subsequent bug report -- noting the disappearance of the option from the menus -- was the one that aroused conspirators' suspicions."

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