How does Firefox for Android use the permissions it requests?

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This article describes how Firefox uses the permissions it requests, while respecting your privacy and personal data. Mozilla is committed to your privacy : Firefox Privacy Policy

Firefox for Mobile currently uses these permissions:

  • Your location - Fine (GPS) location. GPS location is used only when you choose to share your location with a website. Firefox never uses your location itself or shares it with a website without your permission. Learn more about Firefox's location controls.
  • Storage - Modify/delete SD card contents. Firefox uses this permission to save downloaded files to the SD card. Firefox will also store its own settings and history on the SD card if you use the Android Settings app to move Firefox to SD storage.
  • Hardware controls - Take pictures and videos. When a web page requests an image file to upload, Firefox can let you choose to take a picture with your device's built-in camera. For more information, see this article about what's new for web developers in Firefox 9.
  • Network communication - Full Internet access, View network state. Firefox uses these permissions to download web pages, add-ons, and other content over the Internet.
  • System Tools - Install shortcuts. This permission is used by Firefox to allow you to add bookmarks or web app shortcuts to your device home screen.
  • System Tools - Prevent phone from sleeping, Change network connectivity. Firefox does not currently use these permissions, but they were added so future versions of Firefox will support the Adobe Flash plug-in.