netscape -> firefox -> google?

how independent is the mozilla foundation? and why is it cooperating with google so much?

they are not even on the html5 WHATWG team that creates the next version of html5?

or yes they are – by the name of former netscape-employee now @ Google Inc. Ian Hickson.

his website: blog:

Probably that is why firefox is using google’s geo-location services, sharing the user’s IP address.

He is/was involved into the development of bugzilla3 and graffiti.

geolocation services chrome and firefox same position

Who is behind html5?

w3c, microsoft, apple, google Latest Published Version:

W3C: Robin Berjon, W3C Steve Faulkner, The Paciello Group Travis Leithead, Microsoft Erika Doyle Navara, Microsoft Edward O’Connor, Apple Inc. Silvia Pfeiffer WHATWG: Ian Hickson, Google, Inc.

What information is being sent, and to whom? How is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is extremely important to us, and Firefox never shares your location without your permission. When you visit a page that requests your information, you’ll be asked before any information is shared with the requesting website and our third-party service provider.

By default, Firefox uses Google Location Services to determine your location by sending:

  • your computer’s IP address,
  • information about the nearby wireless access points, and
  • a random client identifier, which is assigned by Google, that expires every 2 weeks.

For a complete description of information collected and used by Firefox, please see the Firefox Privacy Policy.

Google Location Services then returns your estimated geolocation (e.g., latitude and longitude). For a complete description of information collected and used by Google, please see the Google Geolocation Privacy Policy.

The information is exchanged over an encrypted connection to protect your privacy. Once Firefox has your location information, it passes it to the website that requested it. At no time is the name or location of the website you are visiting, or are any cookies, ever shared with Google Location Services.

Neither Mozilla or Google will ever use the information collected by Google Location Services to identify or spy on you.

For information about what the requesting website does with your location information, please refer to that website’s privacy policy.

For more information about your privacy, you should also read:


he was employed at Netscape, and Opera Software; he now works for Google in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the specification editor of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group.[5]


more information on hixie:

The following sites are available:
Internet related matters: tests, specs, commentary and advocacy.
Free software I have developed.
My personal website.
Hixie’s Natural Log: my Web log.
A spam catching domain.
Academic projects and reports I have written. (Long obsolete.)

You may also be interested in some of my other sites:
Pictures, movies and songs of cats.
A basically dead site which used to be the Web’s leading authority on the character Salem from the TV show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
The Mozilla Porn Rendering Library’s Web site.
A dummy Web log used to test pingback and other Web log technologies in development.