The UK Internet Services Providers Association has branded Mozilla Internet Villains for supporting the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol in its Firefox browser.
The technology, which would encrypt DNS connections and hide them in the common HTTPS traffic, would make it hard for ISPs to snoop on your internet traffic and know which websites you are visiting. Currently, DNS requests are sent over plaintext UDP connections.
According to IPSAUK, it would also “bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK.”
DNS-over-HTTPS protocol (IETF RFC8484) promises to significantly increase user internet privacy, allowing each app to use its own DNS resolvers rather than depend on the operating system. The technology is currently in testing in Google’s Chrome and will soon roll out to regular users in Firefox.
The UK GCHQ spy service has said it will impede police investigations and undermine laws which mandate that ISPs needed to block certain websites.
For its part, Mozilla denied that DoH would interfere with UK ISP legal obligations.
“We’re surprised and disappointed that an industry association for ISPs decided to misrepresent an improvement to decades old internet infrastructure,” a Mozilla spokesperson told ZDNet. “Despite claims to the contrary, a more private DNS would not prevent the use of content filtering or parental controls in the UK.
“DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) would offer real security benefits to UK citizens. Our goal is to build a more secure internet, and we continue to have a serious, constructive conversation with credible stakeholders in the UK about how to do that,” the organization said.
It appears however that Mozilla mainly intended to prevent this side effect by not support DoH in the UK.
“We have no current plans to enable DoH by default in the UK. However, we are currently exploring potential DoH partners in Europe to bring this important security feature to other Europeans more broadly.”
This would seem an unworkable solution to the issue for most knowledgable users, and a poor response to the increasing overreach of the UK who are trying to set up a Chinese Firewall around UK.
Do our readers think Mozilla should take a stronger stand against spying and internet censorship in UK, or simply continue to quietly undermining the unworkable laws? Let us know below.