Mozilla wants to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox for all users around the world, but wants to hear from ISPs, governments and companies in advance.
Mozilla today launched a public discussion on ways to enable support for its controversial DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol focusing on its protection. private life in Firefox.
Mozilla's decision to open such a public debate comes after the company received criticism last year in the UK for its plans to support DoH in Firefox.
UK government officials, services law enforcement and local ISPs criticized Mozilla for developing and wanting to develop DoH, a feature they said could help suspects bypass firewalls businesses and parental control exclusions.
All of last year's doom was caused by DoH, a web protocol developed as an alternative to the classic DNS (Domain Name System). DoH works by encrypting DNS queries (which are usually sent in clear text) and hiding them within normal HTTPS web traffic.
Although the protocol has many benefits on privacy, ISPs and law enforcement spoke out against it, with the loudest and most coordinated voices coming from the United Kingdom. Some of the criticism came from the US authorities, but this was not on par with the UK and many ISPs. USA eventually created their own DoH servers.
Nevertheless, pressure from Mozilla from the United Kingdom paid off, and the company eventually backed down and agreed to delay the "growth" of DoH in the United Kingdom.
Instead, Mozilla has launched DoH for all Firefox users in the US, where the browser maker has been testing the feature on a large scale since February this year.
However, Mozilla has always planned to release DoH to all its users worldwide.
The current stakeholder discussion will help to avoid future issues with the development of DoH.
Interested parties must submit their views from 19 November 2020 to 4 January 2021, which Mozilla said it intends to take into account if they are reasonable and have the interests of users her.
However, not many things are expected to change. Mozilla has already faced most of the criticism of DoH since last year.
However, despite these updates on how DoH works in Firefox, Mozilla still wants to hear from companies and governments about issues DoH before activating the feature for all users.