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nytimes detecting Private Mode

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I updated to Firefox 66 on Linux yesterday. I don't know if it's the browser version, but I noticed that nytimes.com started picking up that I'm browsing the site in private mode.

Interestingly, this is something that used to happen on my Chrome book when I used private mode, but this on Firefox, this is a first for me. It may well be that nytimes changed their code to do this, but I wonder upgrade to FF 66 contributed to this.

In any case, I wonder how a site can pick up if the user is browsing in private mode.

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PB if detected by the site might now let you access since they sometimes require tracking or cookies to work.

Modified by WestEnd

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In private windows, Firefox disables saving data to disk using IndexedDB, so that is one possible characteristic sites might use.

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Thanks.

A 7-years-old bug!