Asa Dotzler, Open web advocate, who co-founded the Spread Firefox project for the open source browser outfit in 2004, slammed the three tech titans: ‘Apple, Google and Microsoft’ for installing plug-ins without web surfer’s permission.
“When I installed iTunes, in order to manage my music collection and sync to my iPod, why did Apple think it was OK to add the iTunes Application Detector plug-in to my Firefox web browser without asking me?”
“Why did Microsoft think it was OK to sneak their Windows Live Photo Gallery or Office Live Plug-in for Firefox into my browser (presumably) when I installed Microsoft Office?”
And, “what makes Google think it’s reasonable behavior for them to slip a Google Update plug-in into Firefox when I installed Google Earth or Google Chrome (not sure which one caused this) without asking me first?”
Dotzler then likened the behaviour of those vendors to setting off unauthorised malware on his computer.
“This is not OK behaviour… These additional pieces of software installed without my consent mayn’t be malicious but the means by which they were installed was sneaky, underhanded, and wrong.”
The Mozilla man, also pinpointed new browser kid-on-the-block RockMelt as a stealth plug-in offender.
“Microsoft, stop being evil. Apple, stop being evil. Google, stop being evil. And you upstarts like RockMelt, don’t follow in those evil footsteps. It’s not worth it,” he said before signing off with: “It’s really simple. ASK first!”