Bug 387550 - According to panopticlick 3.0 test does not protect against trackers
Summary: According to panopticlick 3.0 test does not protect against trackers
Alias: None
Product: akregator
Classification: Applications
Component: internal browser (show other bugs)
Version: 5.6.0
Platform: Debian unstable Linux
: NOR major
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: kdepim bugs
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-12-03 10:48 UTC by Martin Steigerwald
Modified: 2022-11-12 09:28 UTC (History)
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akregator with results of panopticlick 3.0 test (376.97 KB, image/png)
2017-12-03 10:48 UTC, Martin Steigerwald

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Description Martin Steigerwald 2017-12-03 10:48:14 UTC
Created attachment 109188 [details]
akregator with results of panopticlick 3.0 test

Choosing major as priority according to the elected privacy by default goal.

Despite proxy settings pointing to Privoxy, as well as quite some ad blocking lists enabled in the ad blocker settings according to https://panopticlick.eff.org/ neither Konqueror 17.08 nor Akregator 17.08 block trackers or protect against fingerprinting:

# How to reproduce
- Tell Konqueror to use Qt Webengine (only offered renderer in my Debian Unstable system)
- Activate Ad filter in Module settings
- Activate EasyList Germany, Schuzak´s Universal Filter, Adblocklist.org, EasyPrivacy+EasyList, Xfiles, Cedrics Liste
- Call https://panopticlick.eff.org/
- Run the test

# Actual results
Test                                    	Result
Is your browser blocking tracking ads?	        ✗ no
Is your browser blocking invisible trackers?	✗ no
Does your browser unblock 3rd parties that promise to honor Do Not Track?	✗ no
Does your browser protect from fingerprinting?  ✗ no

It suggests me to install Privacy Badger. Which I can´t and I won´t, cause it is easily fingerprintable as it learns what to block.

# Expected results
Konqueror / Akregator blocks trackers at least if being told to.

Or even better: Konqueror / Akregator block trackers *by default*.

It appears to be better for me to switch to some RSS feed reading withing Firefox. Together with uBlock Origin and probably some of my other tweaks it blocks trackers nicely.

# Recommendation
I strongly suggest into looking whether uBlock Origin would be adaptable to Konqueror / Qupzilla/Falcon / Akregator. It does its job. It does its job well. It is properly maintained. And I see no point in reinventing it.

I also strongly suggesting *unifying* Qt Webengine privacy/adblock integration. From a usability point of view I don´t see why I should do the same privacy related settings in two completely different GUIs.
Comment 1 Martin Steigerwald 2017-12-03 10:49:45 UTC
See also #387549 Konqueror: According to panopticlick 3.0 test does not protect against trackers
Comment 2 Martin Steigerwald 2017-12-03 10:50:09 UTC
See also bug #387549 Konqueror: According to panopticlick 3.0 test does not protect against trackers
Comment 3 Justin Zobel 2022-11-10 22:33:17 UTC
Thank you for reporting this issue in KDE software. As it has been a while since this issue was reported, can we please ask you to see if you can reproduce the issue with a recent software version?

If you can reproduce the issue, please change the status to "REPORTED" when replying. Thank you!
Comment 4 Martin Steigerwald 2022-11-12 09:28:28 UTC
Testing for Konqueror shows considerable improvement¹. And AFAIK meanwhile it blocks Javascript anyway. Thus closing.


There is still room for improvement, but as for limited use its good enough I'd say.