Mozilla Named an 'Internet Villain' for Protecting Your Privacy by UK ISP Association

By Shabana Arif on at

If you were wondering how to tell when you're too far gone down a particular path of thought, this is it.

The Internet Services Providers Association (ISPAUK) has named Mozilla amongst its nominations for "Internet Villain" for its "approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS" which it doesn't like, because it will "bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK." Or just let people enjoy their privacy.

DNS-over-HTTPS uses an encrypted HTTPS connection which is great news for people who prioritise privacy over government intervention to start regulating things in the name of safety. Both Google and Mozilla's plans for encrypted browsers have come under fire, with GCHQ citing security threats like cyber attacks as an issue, as well as the risk of impeding police investigations.

"Whilst we look to support capabilities that seek to deliver security and privacy to the UK online, we are concerned about unintended consequences these changes could have," said the National Crime Agency (via Telegraph).

"Contrary to reports, these secure connections would not disable the existing content controls of your current provider, including any existing protections for children," responded a Google spokesman.

Mozilla said that it's "currently exploring potential DoH partners in Europe to bring this important security feature to users there. It is available for users who wish to enable it in the settings menu," adding that "this technology will enhance the security of UK citizens and businesses, at a time when the threat landscape continues to widen."

The service provider finds itself in the same category as President Donald Trump, who earned his place on the list by "causing a huge amount of uncertainty across the complex, global telecommunications supply chain in the course of trying to protect national security."

The winner of the Internet Villain award will be announced at the ISPA Awards Ceremony on July 11 in London. [ZDNet]

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