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Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

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Grand Master

Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Not being paranoid, but how do I get google from ceasing to use the Firefox Geolocation Feature?? All it does is add time to loading web sites, not to mention I don't particularly like anybody tracking my visitation. (ironic I use gmail, isn't it?)

== happens all the damn time

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Grand Master

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Google claim that they only do it because Firefox asks. They say http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy-lsf.html "The Firefox Geolocation Feature will make requests to Google only if you tell the feature to do so. For information about your choices, please consult the Firefox privacy policy. "

As far as I can see the Firefox privacy options (tools/options/privacy) don't let you stop Firefox revealling your location. Does anyone know how to do this?

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Support Forum Moderator

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Which version of Firefox - the 2.0.0.20 you posted here with?

Grand Master

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

sorry - thought I included that..

Support Forum Moderator

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Geolocation is a feature in Firefox 3.5+ versions, not in 2.0.0.20. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/geolocation/

Site Moderator

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

You probably mean that Google does a reverse DNS lookup of your IP to to determine your current location and to serve you content in the local language. See http://whatismyipaddress.com

Grand Master

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Google claim that they only do it because Firefox asks. They say http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy-lsf.html "The Firefox Geolocation Feature will make requests to Google only if you tell the feature to do so. For information about your choices, please consult the Firefox privacy policy. "

As far as I can see the Firefox privacy options (tools/options/privacy) don't let you stop Firefox revealling your location. Does anyone know how to do this?

Support Forum Moderator

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Type about:config in the URL bar and hit Enter. If you see the warning, you can confirm that you want to access that page.

Pref name = geo.enabled - double-click that preference to toggle it to false.

Then restart Firefox.

Grand Master

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

thanks, but I can't find a prefix called geo.enabled on the about.config page. It doesn't seem to be listed as a preference on http://kb.mozillazine.org/CategorySmiley Tonguereferences either

Any more suggestions?

Support Forum Moderator

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

Anne, That is an old page, it hasn't been updated since the days of the Firefox 1.5 versions: http://kb.mozillazine.org/CategorySmiley Tonguereferences In the footer of that web page. This page was last modified 02:31, 5 February 2006.

What version of Firefox are you using? Only Firefox 3.5 and newer versions have that preference for Geolocation.

Ed

Grand Master

Re: Stop Google from using Firefox Geolocation Feature

3.6.6

still puzzled about where/how I find the preference for geo-enabled ....