Mozilla Official Suggests Switching Firefox Search From Google To Bing Citing Privacy Issues With Google Search

By Jayita, Gaea News Network
Friday, December 11, 2009

Are you accustomed to the Google search, a default search engine of Mozilla? Then this information is for you. Mozilla official has recommended Microsoft’s Bing over Google citing some privacy issues.

The verdict came following a CNBC interview where Google chief executive Eric Schmidt discussed online privacy and admitted that Google has some limitation regarding privacy.

Schmidt told CNBC. “If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time and it’s important.”

It was Schmidt’s answer that motivated Dotzler to show users how to drop Google, for rival Bing.

Asa Dotzler, is Mozilla’s director of community development. He provided a link to the Firefox extension that adds Bing to Firefox’s search engine list.

You might be astonished why Mozilla having years long deal with Google is now backing for Bing? the fact derived is that Mozilla’s multi-year deal with Google is going to end in 2011. Mozilla has earned huge revenues from the arrangement that sets Google’s search as default in the browser and also from ads.

According to a financial statement of Mozilla, 97% of its revenue came from its deals with Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay and others, with Google contributing most.

Many users would find Mozilla’s suggestion of using Bing a bit confusing. It make no sense why they are promoting the use of a Microsoft product. So are they going to tie up with Microsoft?

December 12, 2009: 4:48 am

Both Microsoft and Google are evil. Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. Neither deserve recognition, support or to be spat upon. Privacy is about freedom and choice, not necessarily “hiding things”. And what is so bad about practicing privacy? I believe that people should maintain privacy to a certain degree. These corporations don’t need to know everything about you. [Personal] “Information” is a hot commodity seller. Information = profits. Money is the “god” of planet earth. Money is the root of evil. As the old saying goes, a fool and his money soon part.

December 11, 2009: 1:11 pm

sound like a good plan

December 11, 2009: 9:10 am

Thanks for the post and for sharing the very resourceful information here, great post.

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