Mozilla plans to list all third-party accessibility tools that integrate with the Firefox web browser on about:support in Firefox 57.
The developers of the Firefox web browser plan to add a new preference to the browser's privacy settings on top of that that Firefox users may enable to prevent accessibility services from accessing the web browser.
We're detecting a long list of obscure and some not so obscure 3rd party Windows applications that use accessibility to snoop on user activity. We want to cut down on this by better communicating when a11y is active. This bug is about adding a new section under preferences -> privacy that displays a11y active state and provides a switch to force accessibility off.
The new feature is already implemented in the most recent version of Firefox Nightly. Firefox Nightly is the cutting edge development version of the web browser.
The screenshot above shows the new option in the Firefox privacy preferences:
If you run Firefox 57, you may check which third-party accessibility tools are accessing the browser, and base the decision on whether to block access or not on that.
This shows all executable file names that are watching the Firefox browsing activity locally.
Mozilla plans to link to a wiki page that provides additional information on third-party accessibility tools and user privacy. The page is not up yet however.
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