Preferences - Data Privacy

Pale Moon lets you tell websites that you do not want them to share or sell your data. This article explains what this feature does and some basics about the underlying legal framework called Global Privacy Control.


Most major websites track their visitors' behavior and then sell or provide that information to other companies. This information can be used to show ads, products or services specifically targeted to you ("personalized ads"). Pale Moon has a feature that lets you tell every website you visit, and their advertisers and content providers, that you don't want your personal browsing data shared or sold.

Previously, this feature was called "Do Not Track" but for various reasons that go beyond the scope of this brief explanation, that could not be enforced and websites as a whole would choose to ignore it.
The successor of this Do not Track feature, now implemented in Pale Moon, is called "Global Privacy Control" or GPC. This successor has been given a more solid legal framework for enforcement. Please note that the GPC control's impact will be slightly different than Do Not Track as it focuses on the selling and sharing of collected information (the major reason why people would not want to be tracked) and not the tracking/collecting itself. This means that major websites will still be able to track you but that data must remain available only to those major websites and may not be shared with "partners" or sold to any third party.

Turning on this feature will not affect your ability to log in to websites, nor cause Pale Moon to forget your private information such as the contents of shopping carts, location information or login information.

Enabling the Global Privacy Control feature

You can make Pale Moon send the GPC signal to visited websites by checking the appropriate box in Preferences -> Privacy.

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