Flock browser phoning home?

“To see if the browser is doing something naughty/The Tell Tale console spilled the browser’s sins forever more”

The Tell Tale Browser or Is Flock Spyware? « Douglas’ Digital Domain

While browsing the WordPress Flock tags, I came across the poetic entry quoted above, which questions whether Flock is phoning home.

If they read between the lines, discerning viewers will note the hint of dislike that this particular individual has for Flock. If we for a moment set aside the insults against the browser’s character, there are some legitimate concerns being expressed which should probably be answered.

Without using Ethereal, I would guess that when Flock phones home, it is for either of the following reasons:

  1. The “Gather anonymous usage statistics” box was left checked during the browser install.
  2. The browser is checking for updates for the browser/extensions/installed search engines.

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One Response to Flock browser phoning home?

  1. Will Pate says:

    Hey Chris,

    Yep, the browser pings to check for updates to itself. From the privacy policy

    “Like other browsers, Flock collects limited, non-personally identifying information that your browser makes available whenever you visit a web site (such as your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your query, and build ID). The Flock browser also includes an update feature that checks our servers on a daily basis to ensure that you are running the latest version of our browser. This helps us ensure that you are running the most stable, secure and feature-rich version of the Flock browser. No personally-identifiable information is transmitted to our servers during this process. The auto-update feature can be disabled in our preferences menu.”

    Cheers,

    Will Pate
    Community Ambassador, Flock

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