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an older version of OpenSSL, which is susceptible to MITM (Man In The Middle) attacks when browsing websites that use outdated protocols and cipher suites.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.

2 comments

  1. Lots of people here asking for improvements… and I don’t necessarily disagree with them. People are only asking for improvements because this browser is the best privacy respecting browser on Android and they want to help make it the best Android browser period.

    To people asking for improvements: know that Privacy Browser is open source (anybody can add code improvements or hire a programmer to make improvements.) And know that Stoutner doesn’t make money from this project (donations are rare in open source world.) Please just keep this in mind. People constantly asking for improvements can be discouraging to open source (unpaid) devs. But really, people asking for stuff means they like the browser and they care (they just can’t help due to lacking programming skills like me.) But I encourage people to donate… don’t asking for features and say you’ll donate for them; donate first to show you appreciate the browser so far (this is my opinion anyways.)

    I just wanted to say thank you for maintaining this browser for as long as you have and hopefully you can continue to do so. I would donate money to you, but I don’t have money :/

    If you made a silly app with ADs in it… I would use that silly app vigorously 😀

    Actually for my uses, this browser is perfect. I wish the tabs were easier to cycle through when you have many open (like Firefox Focus, but Focus doesn’t let you delete individual tabs and it tracks you even after you opt-out.) Anyways: tabs (UI) that’s just nitpicking, plus UI work is hard and subjective. P.B. (Privacy Browser) has Tor/proxy integration, AD/tracker blocking, User-Agent spoofing, Java disable, etc… there’s a lot of functionality if you learn how to use it all. Even has bookmarks now, which is helpful.

    So even though I cannot donate (not now anyways.) I can still say thank you for your work and let you know that I use P.B. everyday and it’s important to me.

    I may release a custom privacy focused ROM in the future (that depends on how my attempts at refining it go.) If I do, I’ll add P.B. as the default browser (along with Bromite System WebView.) I’m aiming for a privacy focused ROM (mostly for OnePlus devices, as they can be bootloader unlocked.) No Google apps… so I need to get MicroG fully functional with location and all that. Anyways, I’m getting off topic lol.

    Just a simple Thank You post typed in my signature word-wasting style lol.

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