Firefox Adopt DNS Over HTTPS by Default: Headache for UK ISPs

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Firefox Adopt DNS Over HTTPS by Default: Headache for UK ISPs
Firefox Adopt DNS Over HTTPS by Default: Headache for UK ISPs

Broadband ISPs along with the Government look is ready to fight with Mozilla after the internet technology developer declared that it would accelerate forward with its earlier proposal to allow DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) by default in their famous Firefox website browser, in spite of the tweaks to respect ISP network-level internet filters.

We have already covered this many times before (here and there), so we have brought a shortened recap. At its depth, DoH is all about securing user privacy and building internet connections more secure (just like HTTPS has done for the websites).

In consequence, DoH – as well as similar solutions like DoT – are often appreciated by the broad internet community and its basic support is increasing.

Firefox Adopt DNS Over HTTPS by Default: Headache for UK ISPs
Firefox Adopt DNS Over HTTPS by Default: Headache for UK ISPs

On the other hand, major United Kingdom broadband ISPs and politicians are worried that large-scale third-party deployments of DoH, which secure DNS requests (in today’s times, most DNS request is still unsecured) using the ordinary HTTPS protocol for its websites (which involves turning IP addresses into individual readable domain names for eg., ISPreview.co.uk and back again), could disturb their ability to censor, track and control different internet / account services (parental controls etc.)

NOTE: It has always been possible to optionally utilize a different DNS provider from the one appointed by your ISP (Google Public DNS, OpenDNS, etc.), although before this year, Mozilla hinted that it was taking under consideration the possibility of enabling DoH by itself.

Obviously doing this on the main browser like Firefox would be an important change, one that has already made both ISPs and the Government feel some concern.

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On one hand, it even resulted in the United Kingdom Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) regarding Mozilla as an “Internet Villain“, even though this was promptly taken away following a huge backlash. Anyway, it now seems as if Mozilla will be moving forward with their proposal.

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