GNOME's Web Browser Enables AdBlock & Do-Not-Track By Default

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 29 August 2015 at 12:06 PM EDT. 20 Comments
With GNOME 3.18 the Epiphany web-browser will now enable AdBlock usage by default as well as setting the Do-Not-Track headers by default.

Michael Catanzaro of Igalia modified the Epiphany browser today to enable AdBlock by default. He reportedly did this on the basis that it's been a while since their ad-blocker has blocked any non-ads.

He also activated DNT headers by default. "Argument in favor: The do-not-track header should be sent by default. Otherwise, setting the header makes it easier to track you (since fewer users will change the setting than leave it unchanged). It's hard to understate how silly this is."

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