Configure Firefox Quantum browser to disable telemetry and data collection

In our earlier post on how to manage Windows 10 Telemetry and Data Collection settings, we have seen how to configure and turn off or disable Windows 10 Telemetry & Data Collection for the entire system or for individual components on Windows 10. The same is applicable for Firefox, but the procedure is somewhat different. Firefox Quantum which claims to be over twice as fast as its earlier iterations allow disabling telemetry and data collection.

Disable telemetry & data collection in Firefox Quantum

The browser ships with certain privacy changes and improvements which can be readily accessed via Preferences page and configured to let the browser control the kind of data he would like to share with Mozilla and want to send to Mozilla servers.

Launch Firefox Quantum, choose ‘Menu’ (3 dots) and select Options. After that, access ‘Privacy & Security’ section on ‘Preferences’ page. Here, you can choose to allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data, and among others. However, even after configuring these options, Firefox continues to collect and sends data to servers.

Firefox Quantum

To completely disable telemetry and data collection in Mozilla Firefox Quantum version, do the following

Type ‘about: config’ in the address bar and press Enter. When prompted with a warning message, ignore it and proceed further. Click on “I accept the risk!” button.

Now, type telemetry in Search filter box and look for following preferences in the result:

browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.telemetry

browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.telemetry

browser.ping-centre.telemetry

toolkit.telemetry.archive.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.firstShutdownPing.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.hybridContent.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun

toolkit.telemetry.server

toolkit.telemetry.shutdownPingSender.enabled

toolkit.telemetry.unified

toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled

Disable telemetry and data collection in Firefox Quantum browser

Double-click on each above-mentioned preference except “toolkit.telemetry.server” and change their values to False. Alternatively, you can right-click on the preference and select Toggle option.

Now double-click on toolkit.telemetry.server preference and empty its value.

Once done, type experiments in Search filter box and look for following preferences in the result

experiments.activeExperiment

experiments.enabled

experiments.supported

network.allow-experiments

Here, double-click on each preference mentioned above and change their values to False. Alternatively, you can right-click on the preference and select Toggle option.

That’s it!

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