While inspecting some logs, I noticed that Mozilla's Firefox web browser appears to repeatedly connect to servers for Google Analytics.
Can others confirm this issue?
Is there any way to turn this off from within Firefox?
google-analytics.com can be completely blocked at many lower levels, including at the router or hardware/software firewalls.)
Given that Mozilla touts Firefox as a privacy-centric browser, repeatedly connecting to Google tracking servers seems to be a violation of their credo. Yes, Google Analytics is supposed to be anonymous, but it still requires connecting directly to Google servers. And Google is the mega-corporation that drove vehicles around our planet collecting everyone's WiFi transmissions, and then denied that they had any idea they were collecting all that data.
I tested this using a clean install of Firefox version 48.0.2 (current stable release) with no non-default add-ons (extensions, plugins, themes, services) installed, and with the When Firefox starts option set to Show a blank page. By "no non-default add-ons", I am simply referring to the fact that, by default, Firefox installs a plugin for OpenH264.
Note that I see the traffic from Firefox to the
google-analytics.com domain without browsing any web pages at all. Just opening Firefox shows traffic to
google-analytics.com in Process Monitor.