By default, Mozilla processes your Firefox personal data to:
Improve features, performance and stability for users everywhere
Interaction data: Firefox sends data about your interactions with Firefox to us (such as number of open tabs and windows; number of webpages visited; number and type of installed Firefox Add-ons; and session length) and Firefox features offered by Mozilla or our partners (such as interaction with Firefox search features and search partner referrals).
Technical data: Firefox sends data about your Firefox version and language; device operating system and hardware configuration; memory, basic information about crashes and errors; outcome of automated processes like updates, safebrowsing, and activation to us. When Firefox sends data to us, your IP address is temporarily collected as part of our server logs.
Provide search functionality
You can perform searches directly from several places in Firefox, including the Awesome Bar, Search Bar, or on a New Tab. We receive data about how you engage with search in Firefox and the number of searches you request from our search partners.
Location data: When you first use Firefox, it uses your IP address to set your default search provider based on your country. Learn more.
Search queries: Firefox sends search queries to your search provider to enable your search and to help you discover common phrases other people have searched for and improve your search experience (if your selected search provider supports search suggestions). Your selected search provider’s privacy notice governs the search provider’s collection and use of your data as you use the search provider’s services. Learn more, including how to disable this feature. Links to our default search providers’ privacy policies include:
- Microsoft (Bing)
Mozilla generally receives royalties when you use one of the default or optional search options in the Firefox web browser, including but not limited to Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and eBay.
Firefox Suggest uses data to help deliver better information with less effort. By default, Firefox Suggest shows you recommended and sponsored content based on local data stored on your own computer, such as websites from your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs (which is not sent to Mozilla). Firefox Suggest does send to Mozilla:
Location data: Firefox temporarily sends Mozilla your IP address, which we use to suggest content based on your country, state, and city. Mozilla may share location information with our partners, but partners will not receive your IP address. In the US, Mozilla may also receive keyword location search data (such as when you search for “Boston”) and share this with our partners to provide recommended and sponsored content. Where this occurs, neither Mozilla nor our partners are able to associate the keyword search with an individual user once the search suggestion has been served.
Technical & interaction data: Firefox sends Mozilla data such as the number of times Firefox suggests or displays specific content and your clicks on that content, as well as basic data about your interactions with Firefox Suggest. Mozilla shares information about how many times suggestions are shown, the position of the suggestion, and suggestions clicked on with our partners for verification and feature improvement.
If you choose to opt in to “Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience“ on your settings page, Mozilla receives and processes the following information to improve your browsing experience and to improve the service:
Recommend relevant content
Firefox displays content, such as Add-on Recommendations, Top Sites (websites suggested by Mozilla for first-time Firefox users), and Pocket Recommendations (which is part of the Mozilla family).
Location data: Firefox uses your IP address to suggest relevant content based on your country and state.
Technical & interaction data: Firefox sends us data such as the position, size and placement of content we suggest, as well as basic data about your interactions with content. This includes the number of times content is displayed or clicked. We use technical and interaction data in order to better understand our users and improve our product.
Pocket recommendations: We recommend content to you based on your browsing history, language, and country location. The process of deciding which stories you should see based on your browsing history happens locally in your copy of Firefox, and Mozilla does not receive a copy of your browsing history. Mozilla does receive aggregated data about the recommendations you see and click. We also share aggregated data about the sponsored content you see and click with our third-party ad platform Kevel so advertisers can see how many people click on their articles. This aggregated data does not identify you personally.
Top Sites: When you click on a Sponsored Top Sites tile on New Tab, we share your country, region, county (if you’re in the US), the tile you clicked, and the time you clicked with AdMarketplace (a third-party referral platform) to verify you navigated to the website. Firefox does not share your IP address or any other information that could be used to identify you.
Add-on and feature recommendations: We recommend Add-ons in two places: the Manage Your Extensions Page (about:addons) and the Awesome Bar, where you search or type in URLs. We may also recommend Firefox Features in the Awesome Bar. We base the recommendations in about:addons on a cookie. We base the recommendations in the Awesome Bar on your interaction with Firefox. Mozilla does not receive your browser history. The process happens locally in your own computer’s copy of Firefox. Learn More about Awesome Bar recommendations or Extensions Page recommendations.
Improve security for users everywhere
Webpage data to DNS resolver service: For some Firefox users, Firefox routes DNS requests to a resolver service that has agreed to Mozilla’s strict privacy standards for resolvers. This provides added protection from privacy leaks to local networks and also from certain DNS security attacks. System logs of your DNS requests are deleted from the service within 24 hours and are only used for the purpose of DNS resolution. Learn more or see our default DNS resolver service providers below:
Technical data for updates: Maintaining the latest version of Firefox is important to help keep you safe against vulnerabilities. Desktop versions of Firefox check for browser updates by persistently connecting to Mozilla servers. Your Firefox version, language, and device operating system are used to apply the correct updates. Mobile versions of Firefox may connect to another service if you used one to download and install Firefox. Learn more.
Technical data for add-ons blocklist: Firefox for Desktop and Android periodically connect to Mozilla to protect you and others from malicious add-ons. Your Firefox version and language, device operating system, and list of installed add-ons are needed to apply and update the add-ons blocklist. Learn more.
Webpage and technical data to Certificate Authorities: When you visit a secure website (usually identified with a URL starting with “HTTPS“), Firefox validates the website’s certificate. This may involve Firefox sending certain information about the website to the Certificate Authority identified by that website. Opting out increases the risk of your private information being intercepted. Learn more.
Send crash reports
By default, on desktop versions of Firefox, we will ask you to share a report with more detailed information about crashes with Mozilla, but you always have the choice to decline. If you choose to share the report, the following information will be sent to us:
Memory contents: Crash reports include a ‘dump file’ of Firefox’s memory contents at the time of the crash, which may contain data that identifies you or is otherwise sensitive to you.
Webpage data: Crash reports include the active URL at time of crash.
Technical data: Crash reports include data on why Firefox crashed and the state of device memory and execution during the crash.
Read the full documentation here.
Measure and support our marketing
Campaign and referral data: This helps Mozilla understand the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns.
If you use these features, Firefox will share data to provide you functionality and help us improve our products and services:
Mozilla receives registration, location, interaction and technical data when you create and use a Mozilla account. See the Mozilla Accounts Privacy Notice for more information.
- Technical and interaction data: We use Oblivious HTTP (OHTTP) with our partner Fastly to provide the service, while ensuring that any data identifying products, URLs, and request payloads are unlinkable to you. For more information about Review Checker, including how to turn it off, you can read the documentation.
Synced data: If you enable sync, Mozilla receives the information that you sync across devices in encrypted form. This may include Firefox tabs, add-ons, passwords, form autofill information, bookmarks, history, and preferences. Deleting your Mozilla account will delete related Firefox synchronized content. You can also read the documentation.
Technical and interaction data: If you enable sync, Firefox will periodically send basic information using Telemetry about the most recent attempt to sync your data, such as when it took place, whether it succeeded or failed, and what type of device is attempting to sync. You can also read the documentation.
Learn more, including how to enable or disable synchronization.
Connection data: If you allow a website to send you notifications, Firefox connects with Mozilla and uses your IP address to relay the message. Mozilla cannot access the content of messages.
Interaction data: We receive aggregate data such as the number of Firefox subscriptions and unsubscriptions to website notifications, number of messages sent, timestamps, and senders (which may include specific website providers).
You can install Add-ons from addons.mozilla.org (“AMO”) or from the Firefox Add-ons Manager, which is accessible from the Firefox menu button in the toolbar.
Search queries: Search queries in the Add-on Manager are sent to Mozilla to provide you with suggested Add-ons.
Interaction data: We receive aggregate data about visits to the AMO website and the Add-ons Manager in Firefox, as well as interactions with content on those pages. Read about data practices on Mozilla websites.
Technical data for updates: Firefox periodically connects with Mozilla to install updates to Add-ons. Your installed Add-ons, Firefox version, language, and device operating system are used to apply the correct updates.