By now you have probably heard about Suggested Tiles, a new feature coming to the Firefox browser's New Tab page in the near future.
Suggested Tiles are already available in pre-release versions of Firefox and we were among the first to publish an article about it here on this site.
It was not clear back then how Suggested Tiles work. While we knew that the user's browsing history played an important part in the selection process, it was not really clear how or where this was done.
For instance, it was unclear which data is submitted to whom in the process and how it would affect user privacy.
Mozilla has created an infographic that highlights "how user data is protected on Firefox New Tab". It outlines how suggested tiles are created and displayed in the browser, and which data is accessible by third-parties.
The process works in the following way
A direct connection between a Firefox user and a tile provider is only established when clicks are made on suggested tiles on Firefox's New Tab Page.
The privacy and identity of Firefox users is protected by the process. Users who don't want to see Suggested Tiles on the browser's New Tab Page can disable the feature easily on the page with a click on the cogwheel icon and the unchecking of "include suggested tiles". Other options include pinning a set of sites to the New Tab Page so that it is filled with your own set of sites or switching to a blank page instead. (Thanks Sören)Advertisement
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