If you are the least bit involved in the Online Advertising Industry, you’ve likely heard about the new version of Firefox (22) coming this summer that will block 3rd party default cookies. If you are not aware, let me give you a quick run-down:
- Basically, Firefox 22 will block ad network cookies by default
- Firefox will have an option that allows you to accept cookies from the sites you previously visited
- Users of this build of Firefox must directly interact with a site or company for a cookie to be installed on their machine. The patch also provides an additional control setting under the “Privacy” tab in Firefox’s Preferences menu.
Now, at the first of the year when all of this was coming to light, it didn’t seem too much of a big deal because it usually takes Mozilla a long-time to get releases fully in use. Well, that is until this Tweet popped up the other day:
The company has just added the cookie-blocking patch to the “Aurora” version of the browser, according to Stanford grad student Jonathan Mayer, who developed the patch. After testing the feature in Aurora, Mozilla will migrate it to the Beta version, and then will release it in the next version of Firefox — currently slated for release this June.