Anti-tracking release for Firefox

Christian_Peer_ 18-09-2018

Hi all,

few day ago I read the feature releases for Firefox. In the near future they will block the web tracking. Here ist the release note:

https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2018/08/30/changing-our-approach-to-anti-tracking/

How will this concern Adobe Analytics and DTM?

Does anyone have further information about this topic?

Thanks and best regards,

Christian

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Gigazelle
Employee
21-09-2018

Yeah, check out this forum thread for the most recent research I've found: Re: Intelligent Tracking Prevention

(I know the thread is called ITP, but it's actually about Firefox and not Safari.)

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BarryLennon 16-11-2018

Gigazelle

I've had a response from Adobe Client Care, and they've clarified something that was incorrect in my original post:  what Firefox is proposing to block by default is "Third-Party Cookies"; this is a different setting with the "Content Blocking" configuration of Firefox (screenshot below).

This policy appears to have no impact at all on the functioning of Adobe DTM, Adobe Analytics, and Adobe Target (as far as maintaining "Visit" and "Visitor" linking of activity goes).

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BarryLennon 15-11-2018

Hi Christian,

Summary

I've done some reading on this and some testing, and I'm 99% certain that v65 of Firefox scheduled for release on 29th Jan 2019 will block, by default, Adobe DTM (and, therefore, all Digital Analytics and Marketing tags that an organisation delivers using DTM).

My reasoning is below; I would be very grateful if someone is able to tell me that I my conclusions are incorrect.

In summary, my conclusions are:

  1. Firefox v65 will block Adobe DTM by default (and all content delivered by it)
  2. Firefox v65 will block calls to Adobe Analytics (and other Digital Analytics tools) by default
  3. To circumvent blocking of Adobe DTM-delivered content, an organisation must host the DTM file(s) on their own web content server
  4. To circumvent blocking Digital Analytics server calls to *.omtrdc.net (the Adobe Analytics data collection centres), an organisation must have a CNAME redirect (e.g., metrics.myorganisation.com --> mycompany.d3.omtrdc.net)
  5. Adobe Target will not function under Firefox v65 by default

Content Blocking in Firefox

Firefox v63

Default Settings

The screenshot below shows the default setting in the current release of Firefox.

The "All Detected Trackers | Only in private windows" setting will block all tracking and marketing in Private Browsing; e.g., Adobe DTM, Google Tag Manager, Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics, Adobe Target, Facebook

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Results

With the setting demonstrated above, there are no problems with Digital Analytics and Marketing tags (including Tag Management Solutions) in "normal" (i.e. non-Private) browsing.

Firefox v65

NOTE:  in the blog posts and reporting around the new "Enhanced Tracking Protection" features, the specific version number is not often mentioned - the phrase "early 2019" or "January 2019" is used; the only release that fits these descriptions is v65.

Default Settings

The change that is anticipated is highlighted in the screenshot below:

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Results

Enabling this setting immediately modifies how pages will load when instrumented with some examples of a Tag Management Solution (TMS), Digital Analytics tool, or Marketing tag.

Example #1:  www.o2.co.uk

Instrumented with Adobe DTM, Google DTM, OneTag, Adobe Analytics (using a CNAME redirect), Google Analytics, Adobe Target, Boldchat, and so on - none of it gets through

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Example #2: cnet.com Firefox tweaks ad tracker blocking to avoid breaking websites, too - CNET

Instrumented with Tealium IQ and Adobe Analytics (using a CNAME redirect) - both of them are loaded and functioning

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Additional Considerations

  • Adobe DTM can be deployed from an organisation's own infrastructure
  • Any library (e.g., Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics) can likewise be loaded from an organisation's own infrastructure
  • However, server calls going to Adobe Analytics data collection centres (if it is implemented without a CNAME redirect) will be blocked

References

Latest Firefox Rolls Out Enhanced Tracking Protection

Firefox Release Calendar - MozillaWiki

How does Firefox choose what to block?

Adobe DTM hosting options

kuldipj 20-08-2019

Hi Everyone,

just to add here as with recent changes in Firefox regarding the content blocking if you choose the custom option and block the trackers in all windows then Analytics call/image will not fire. by-default standard option is selected so in that case, tracking will be disabled in private window but if user choose the custom option as per below screenshot then DTM/Launch call will not fire.

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@BarryLennon Gigazelle

Gigazelle
Employee
15-11-2018

This is some fantastic research, thank you Barry!

My interpretation of the blog post(s) is that it will only block slow-performing trackers, and third-party cookies (cross-site tracking). You are absolutely correct that once tracker blocking is enabled by the user that it will directly affect most implementations, including those on DTM and Launch. Firefox enabling tracker blocking across the board is purely speculation based on my research. Due to how many websites that have some pretty crazy dependencies on trackers loading, I don't know if they'd enable that by default.

That doesn't take away from the fact that they might actually do it, though. Let's keep a sharp eye on Firefox's latest nightly build to ensure tracker blocking doesn't spring any surprises on us.