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Fingerprinting and customization

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These addons work by injecting or altering stylesheets in the page, and are trivially detectable. A good rule of thumb is that if it can trigger a CSP violation in the developer console, it is trivial to detect with JavaScript.

(FWIW: I believe the Tor Browser does disable the Reporting API, so I think some JavaScript will be necessary).

On “safest” mode with remote JavaScript disabled, certain “dark mode” addons might be safe. I think a better long-term solution would be the ability to “freeze” a page: a button or something to prevent the current page from initiating further requests (it’s already loaded), running scripts, accessing storage, etc. In this state, a user could use any addons or fingerprinting-compromising settings without risk.

A good point of comparison is Reader Mode: a user’s preferred Reader Mode fonts, line-width, color scheme, etc. aren’t fingerprinting vectors. It should be able to stop a site from phoning home or writing to client-side storage to allow for similar levels of customization outside Reader Mode.

Other sources of inspiration could be the expected behavior for the scripting: initial-only media query, and Firefox’s built-in “Work Offline” setting.