Privacy Browser

The only way to prevent data from being abused is to prevent it from being collected in the first place.

Privacy Browser is an open source Android web browser focused on user privacy. It is released under the GPLv3+ license. The source code is available from gitweb.stoutner.com.

The standard version is available on F-Droid, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, and the Galaxy App Store. The free version has all the features of the standard version with the addition of a banner ad across the bottom of the screen. It is available on Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, and the Galaxy App Store.

Privacy Browser has two primary goals.

  1. Minimize the data that is sent to the internet.
  2. Minimize the data that is stored on the device.

Most browsers silently give websites massive amounts of information that allows them to track you and compromise your privacy. Websites and ad networks use technologies like JavaScript, cookies, DOM storage, user agents, and many other things to uniquely identify each user and track them between visits and across the web.

In contrast, privacy sensitive features are disabled by default in Privacy Browser. If one of these technologies is required for a website to function correctly, the user may choose to turn it on for just that visit. Or, they can use domain settings to automatically turn on certain features when entering a specific website and turn them off again when leaving.

Privacy Browser currently uses Android’s built-in WebView to render web pages. As such, it works best when the latest version of WebView is installed. In the 4.x series, Privacy Browser will switch to a forked version of Android’s WebView called Privacy WebView that will allow for advanced privacy features.

Warning: Android KitKat (version 4.4.x, API 19) ships an older version of OpenSSL, which is susceptible to MITM (Man In The Middle) attacks when browsing websites that use outdated protocols and cipher suites.

The Git repository can be cloned by running the following command:

git clone https://git.stoutner.com/PrivacyBrowser.git

There is also an Android.mk repository for integrating Privacy Browser into ROMs which can be cloned with the following command:

git clone https://git.stoutner.com/PrivacyBrowserROMIntegration.git

Feature requests and bug reports can be submitted at redmine.stoutner.com. There is also a forum to handle technical support.

Privacy Browser development can be followed at https://fosstodon.org/@privacybrowser.