Firefox Bolsters Privacy, Pulls Plug on Browser Canvas Fingerprinting

November 1, 2017

The Mozilla Foundation is boosting privacy in an upcoming version of its Firefox browser by removing the snooping capability called canvas fingerprinting, a method of tracking users across multiple websites.

The feature is expected to be removed in January 2018 with the introduction of Firefox 58, according to Mozilla.

Canvas fingerprinting capabilities are currently available in all major browsers. Using the HTML5 framework, websites are able to identify users (or a browser image) not by cookies, but the unique characteristics of a browser such as fonts, SVG widgets and WebGL—for starters.

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