Closed Bug 1419557 Opened 2 years ago Closed 2 years ago

Data review: Add probe (boolean value) to state whether a Firefox client has an autoconfig file

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(Core :: AutoConfig (Mission Control Desktop), enhancement)

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RESOLVED FIXED

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(Reporter: javaun, Assigned: mkaply)

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Config files are used by some IT/enterprise admins to administer large Firefox installations. We also know they may be abused by malware authors, but we don't know to what extent.

We would like to add a probe to Fx that indicates whether the client has an autoconfig file. The probe would simply have a boolean value -- a yes or no -- if the client has such a config file.
For adding new probes, bugs are traditionally opened in the component that will be measured (where the work will mostly be done)... that being said, I'm not 100% sure this is the right place, so please move it if it's incorrect.

A scalar is an excellent way to do this. There's one footgun on the analysis side in that you might only be recording this scalar on the first subsession of the browsing session, so you'll need to keep that in mind before making any decisions based on the data.

Remember that all new data collection must undergo Data Collection Review once the patch has been written: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Data_Collection

Outside of that, feel free to ni? me with any questions you may have
Assignee: nobody → mozilla
Component: Telemetry → AutoConfig (Mission Control Desktop)
Product: Toolkit → Core
Attached file bug1419557.txt
Attachment #8930921 - Flags: review?(rweiss)
Attachment #8930921 - Flags: review?(francois)
Blocks: 1226616
Summary: Add probe (boolean value) to state whether a Firefox client has an autoconfig file → Date review: Add probe (boolean value) to state whether a Firefox client has an autoconfig file
Patch is in bug 1226616
Comment on attachment 8930921 [details]
bug1419557.txt

1) Is there or will there be **documentation** that describes the schema for the ultimate data set available publicly, complete and accurate?

Yes, in scalars.yaml.

2) Is there a control mechanism that allows the user to turn the data collection on and off? (Note, for data collection not needed for security purposes, Mozilla provides such a control mechanism) Provide details as to the control mechanism available.

Yes, telemetry pref.

3) If the request is for permanent data collection, is there someone who will monitor the data over time?**

Yes, Javaun.

4) Using the **[category system of data types](https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Data_Collection)** on the Mozilla wiki, what collection type of data do the requested measurements fall under?  **

Category 1.

5) Is the data collection request for default-on or default-off?

Default-on.

6) Does the instrumentation include the addition of **any *new* identifiers** (whether anonymous or otherwise; e.g., username, random IDs, etc.  See the appendix for more details)?

No.

7) Is the data collection covered by the existing Firefox privacy notice?

Yes.

8) Does there need to be a check-in in the future to determine whether to renew the data?

No.
Attachment #8930921 - Flags: review?(rweiss)
Attachment #8930921 - Flags: review?(francois)
Attachment #8930921 - Flags: review+
Summary: Date review: Add probe (boolean value) to state whether a Firefox client has an autoconfig file → Data review: Add probe (boolean value) to state whether a Firefox client has an autoconfig file
Resolving per comment 4 and bug 1226616 being resolved.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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