How does Firefox Focus for iOS use the permissions it requests?

Firefox Focus Firefox Focus Last updated: 03/09/2023 42% of users voted this helpful

When you install an application on an iOS device, some functionality may be restricted by the operating system. In order to access these functions, applications ask for specific permissions. For each permission, a brief description is included to explain what it can be used for. To install an app, you must acknowledge that you're aware of what the software is capable of by giving iOS your permission. For example, when you visit a website that requires a specific function, such as taking or uploading a picture or finding your location, iOS will ask you for permission before it performs that function.

Firefox Focus functions and permissions

When an application needs to access any function or permission, you will be notified and prompted to accept or decline the request. Declining permissions only affects the specific feature or web page you are currently using, it does not block the remainder of Firefox Focus’s functionality:

  • Your location (GPS location): GPS location is used only when you choose to share your location with a website. This does not share your location with Mozilla and Firefox. Focus never shares it with a website without your permission. Learn more about Firefox Focus's location controls.
  • Location (GPS): Websites you visit may request your location. Focus only uses location when app is in use.
  • Take pictures and videos: When a web page asks you to upload an image, you may choose to take a picture with your device's built-in camera, but you need to grant this permission first. If a site wants to use your microphone for communication, you may choose to allow that too. A website using WebRTC may request this permission.
Firefox Focus never records audio, takes pictures or records video without your consent. Every time a site asks for permission to add a photo or record audio, a message will ask for your consent. You’ll also see a description of the resources that the website can access if you allow such permissions. For example:
  • Camera Usage: This lets you take and upload photos and videos.
  • Photo Library: (Save/Upload): This lets you save and upload photos.
  • Microphone: This lets you take and upload audio.
  • Face ID: Users can protect their saved login information either with a passcode or by using Apple’s biometric authentication. If a user opts to turn on FaceID, this permits authentication without Mozilla saving the password locally or remotely.

Firefox Focus data collection

Note: Mozilla respects and protects your personal information. The data described below does not include any personally identifiable information and is used solely for the purpose of improving the user experience. For more information, visit our Privacy Policy.

Firefox Focus for iOS collects the following information to understand how users interact with Firefox Focus:

  • Technical Data: We may receive basic information about your device and Focus, such as what version of the Focus app you have installed, your operating system, basic information about crashes and errors, and your system timezone and your system's language and region settings.
  • Interaction Data: We receive information about how often you use Focus and interact with certain features or prompts. This includes information such as when you start a new browsing session, how often you use search or launch an external browser from Focus, and which features in the Settings screen are enabled. We do not collect information about the content you browse or the sites that you visit.
  • Search suggestions: If enabled, Firefox Focus sends search queries to your search provider to help you discover common phrases other people have searched for and improve your search experience. These data will not be sent if your selected search provider does not support search suggestions.

Frequently asked questions

Do you share my information with third parties?

Your privacy is important to us. We do not share any of your data with third parties, except as stated in the Firefox Focus Privacy Notice.

How can I request my data to be deleted?

You need to opt out of Usage and technical data in the settings:

  1. Tap the menu icon (the three dots) in the toolbar.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Privacy.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Send usage data.

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