Bug#246505: mozilla google-search sourceid is a privacy issue

Mike Hommey mh at glandium.org
Sun Dec 31 15:10:06 UTC 2006

tag 246505 - patch
tag 246505 wontfix

On Mon, Dec 25, 2006 at 03:16:15PM +0100, Andreas Metzler <ametzler at downhill.at.eu.org> wrote:
> # Bastian Kleineidam writes
> # > The google search functionality when entering search terms in the
> # > location bar sends the following url to google:
> # > 
> # > http://www.google.com/search?q=<query>&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
> # 
> # This applies to iceape.
> reassign 246505 iceape-browser
> found 246505 1.0.6-1
> thanks

Note that iceape doesn't send the same url, but still sends the browser
name and vendor. The patch doesn't apply anymore.

I don't see how this is disclosure of information. All this information
is alreay present in the User Agent. You can change the User Agent by
yourself, and you can change the google search string to not include the
browser name and vendor by yourself, too.


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