Firefox browser maker Mozilla says it gives all users more control over their data, according tomedia CNET. The change was pushed by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect Wednesday. The new data privacy law gives California nuns the right to know what personal data technology companies collect. It also allows people to ask companies to delete their data rather than sell it. Mozilla said the changes made under the CCPA would apply to every Firefox user, not just in California.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Mozilla said it would give Firefox users the option to delete data collected by the company in the next version of the browser, which will be released on January 7. Firefox does not collect data when browsing a website or making search queries. Mozilla says it will allow users to choose to delete telemetry data, including how many tags are opened or how long the session lasts. Mozilla says it uses the data to improve Firefox’s performance and security.
Other companies, including Microsoft, have also said they will extend the rights required by the new law to users outside Of California. The company said the legal requirements were consistent with its belief that privacy was a fundamental human right.
For ideological or practical reasons, more companies may follow suit. Some legal observers say some companies may think it’s not worth creating two different interfaces for users in two states, or determining which users meet the legal requirements for California residents. In addition, other states have considered similar privacy laws, so future requirements may go beyond California.
The CCPA also prohibits companies from discriminating against users who exercise their rights under the law and allows users to sue companies for inadvertent data breaches. The CCPA is similar to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force in 2018.