“the government may request that browser vendors secretly inject surveillance code into the browsers they distribute to users,” – Mozilla CTO Brenden Eich

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Mozilla calls on the open source community to protect the Firefox browser from government snooping.

(From Wired)

The move is one more way that the giants of the web are responding to revelations that the National Security Agency is snooping on web traffic via popular services and software. After NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government is tapping into data collected by private companies like Google and Facebook and then private email outfit Lavabit revealed a gag order that forbade the company from the telling customers the government was requesting information about them, Eich is worried that the feds could force Mozilla into adding a backdoor into its browser.

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