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Mozilla Explores Standardized Privacy Icons for Web Sites

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 3, 2010

In an effort to help users decipher the often incomprehensible language of Web site privacy policies, CNET News reports that the organization behind the popular browser Firefox is in the process of creating brightly colored, easy-to-recognize icons to alert Internet users to how intrusive or privacy-friendly specific sites are. The Mozilla Foundation is looking at such factors as whether sites share information with third parties, collect personally identifiable data and retain data after use in creating the user-friendly privacy icons. Moving forward, the project will include input from a range of interested parties including lawyers, designers and users. Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman says the goal "is that users take control of their online lives."
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