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Camino Privacy Policy

What data does Camino send on the internet?

Camino Privacy Policy

Draft: February 29, 2012

We’re working hard to protect your privacy while delivering products and services that bring you the performance and protection you desire in your personal computing. This privacy policy explains what information the Camino® web browser (“Camino”) transmits to websites and third-party service providers. This document also explains how the volunteer Camino Project, legally represented by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation (“Mozilla”), collects and uses information about users of Camino. It does not apply to other Mozilla websites, products or services.

Types of Information

“Personal Information” is information that you provide to us that personally identifies you, such as your name, phone number or email address. Except as described below, Mozilla and the Camino Project do not collect or require end-users of Camino to furnish Personal Information.

“Non-Personal Information” is information that cannot be directly associated with a specific person or entity. Non-Personal Information includes but is not limited to your computer’s configuration and the version of Camino you use.

“Potentially Personal Information” is information that is Non-Personal Information in and of itself but that could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify you. For example, Uniform Resource Locators (“URLs”) (the addresses of web pages) and Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses (the addresses of computers on the internet), which are Non-Personal Information in and of themselves, could be Personal Information when combined with internet service provider (“ISP”) records.

“Aggregate Data” is information that is recorded about users and collected into groups so that it no longer reflects or references an individually identifiable user.

Information Collected by the Camino Project and Mozilla

Crash-Reporting Feature

Camino has a crash-reporting feature that sends a report to Mozilla when Camino crashes. The Camino Project uses the information in the crash reports to diagnose and correct the problems in Camino that caused the crash. Though this feature starts automatically after Camino crashes, it does not send information to Mozilla until you explicitly authorize it to do so. By default, this feature sends a variety of Non-Personal Information to Mozilla, including the stack trace (a detailed description of which parts of the Camino code were active at the time of the crash) and the type of computer you are using. Additional information is collected by the crash reporting feature. Which crash reporting feature is used and what additional information collected by Camino depends on which version of Camino you’re using.

Camino 2.0 to present.

For the current versions of Camino, “Camino Crash Reporter” is Camino’s crash reporting feature. With this feature, you have the option to include a comment and your email address in the report. Camino Crash Reporter also sends the time since the start-up of the program, and, since Camino 2.1, the time the current version of Camino was first launched. The Camino Crash Reporter also collects Potentially Personal Information in the form of the URL of the site you were visiting when Camino crashed. Mozilla only makes Non-Personal Information (i.e., generic information about your computer, the stack trace, and any comment given by the user) in the public reports available online at

Camino 0.8 – 1.6.

For these earlier versions of Camino, “Talkback” is Camino’s crash reporting feature. Talkback also collects Personal Information (including your name, if it is a part of your computer’s name or your Mac OS X username) and Potentially Personal Information (including your IP address and your computer’s name). You can selectively disable the sending of this information. Additionally, you have the option to include the URL of the site you were visiting when Camino crashed, a comment, and your email address in the report. Mozilla only makes Non-Personal Information and Potentially Personal Information in the public reports available online at

To safeguard your privacy, Mozilla makes the Personal Information, such as your name and email address, and Potentially Personal Information, such as the URL of the site you last visited, only available to its employees, contractors, and selected contributors who signed confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from using or disclosing such information other than for internal Mozilla purposes.

Automated Update Service

Camino’s automatic update feature periodically checks to see if an updated version of Camino is available from the Camino Project.

This feature sends Non-Personal Information to the Camino Project, including the version of Camino you are using, your operating system, and your language preference. The Camino Project uses this information to provide you with updated versions of Camino and to understand the usage patterns of Camino users. We use this information to improve our products and services and to support decision making regarding feature and capacity planning.

We do not collect or track any Personal Information or any information about the Web sites you visit, and we do not release the raw information we obtain from this feature to the public. We may release reports containing Aggregate Data so that our global community can make better product and design decisions. To prevent the Camino Project from obtaining this information, you can turn this feature off in Camino’s preferences. Our privacy and security Documentation provides information about changing this preference.

Information Camino Sends to Third-Party Service Providers

Beginning with Camino 2.0, Camino has additional security features, some of which are provided by third party service providers.

Secure Website Certificate Verification

When you visit a secure website, Camino will check with the certificate provider to validate that website’s certificate. Camino sends only the certificate identification to the certificate provider, not the exact URL you are visiting. If the certificate is not valid, you will receive an error page that states the certificate was revoked and you will not be able to access that website. The technical name for this process is OCSP or On-line Certificate Status Protocol. You may completely turn off the secure website certificate verification feature by changind the security.OCSP.enabled hidden preference. If you do this, none of the information discussed here will be sent to any third party certificate provider. Our hidden preferences Documentation provides information about changing hidden preferences.

Phishing and Malware Protection Features

The Camino phishing and malware protection feature displays a warning if the website you are visiting is suspected of impersonating a legitimate website (commonly referred to as a phishing or forgery website) or a site that infiltrates or damages a computer system without your informed consent, including, without limitation, any computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, computer contaminant and/or other malicious and unwanted software (commonly called an attack site or malware). By default, Camino checks the web pages that you visit against a blacklist that is downloaded to your hard drive at regularly scheduled intervals (e.g., approximately twice per hour), the rate of frequency may change from time to time. The blacklist does not include the full URL of each suspicious site. Instead, each URL is hashed (obscured so it can’t be read) and then broken into portions. Only a portion of each hashed URL is included on the blacklist on your hard drive. If there is a match, Camino will check with its third party provider to ensure that the website is still on the blacklist. The information sent between Camino and its third party provider(s) are hashed URLs. In fact, multiple hashed URLs are sent with the real hash so that the third party provider(s) will not know what site you are visiting. If there is a match, Camino displays either a “Reported Phishing Site” or “Reported Malware Site” alert, as applicable.

You may completely turn off the phishing and malware site protection features in Camino’s preferences. If you do this, none of the information discussed here will be downloaded to your hard drive or sent to any third party service provider. Our privacy and security Documentation provides information about changing this preference.

Each time Camino checks in with a third party provider to download a new blacklist, Non-Personal Information and Potentially Personal Information, such as the information that the browser sends every time you visit a website as well as the version number of the blacklist on your system, is sent to a third party provider. In order to safeguard your privacy, Camino will not transmit the complete URL of web pages that you visit to anyone. While it is possible that a third party service provider may determine the actual URL from the hashed URL sent, FIXMEMozilla’s third party service providers have entered into a written agreement with Mozilla not to use any data or other information about or from users of Camino for purposes other than to provide and maintain their service. In addition, in no event will these third party service providers correlate any Camino user data with any other data collected through other products, services or web properties of that provider. These third party service providers may inform you about additional notices regarding their applicable privacy policies. FIXME(For example, see Google Safe Browsing Service in Mozilla Firefox Version 3.)

Please note that we’re not yelling at you in this paragraph. Our lawyers have advised us that we need to make sure this information is conspicuous so you’ll read it. The phishing and malware site protection feature is provided “as is” and for your information as advice and guidance only. Mozilla and its contributors, licensors and partners do not guarantee that these protection features will prevent you from being deceived by a malicious website and we strongly recommend that you continue to be vigilant while online, particularly when following links sent to you in e-mail. The Camino Website Services Terms describes this in more detail.

Report Phishing Page Feature

Camino’s Report Phishing Page feature lets you report suspected “phishing” sites to Mozilla’s third party service provider(s) for the phishing protection feature when you encounter a suspected malicious phishing or fraudulent website that is impersonating a legitimate website. This feature sends your comments about the suspected fraudulent website to our third-party provider(s), as well as the same information that the browser sends when you visit a website. FIXMEEach of our third-party providers are under licensing agreements with Mozilla and will not release Potentially Personal Information to the public. These third party providers only use this information in conjunction with the phishing protection service they are providing. In addition, each third-party provider has its own privacy policy that is linked to the online form where you report a suspected phishing site. To prevent the third party provider from obtaining this information, don’t use this feature to report a suspected phishing site. (Also see “Phishing and Malware Protection Features” above.)

Information Camino Sends to Visited Websites

Like most web browsers, Camino sends information to the websites you visit, including (1) Non-Personal Information of the type that web browsers typically make available, such as the type of browser you are using, your language preference, the referring site, and the date and time of your visit; and (2) Potentially Personal Information such as your IP address. This information may be logged on the websites you visit. What information is logged and how that information is used depends on the policies of each of the websites you visit.

Each website determines its own privacy policy for the distribution and use of this Non-Personal Information and Potentially Personal Information. If you are concerned about how a website will use this information, check out its privacy policy.


A cookie is a small string of information that a website stores on your computer and that web browsers make available to that website each time you return. Camino stores cookies on your computer when requested to do so by websites. A website uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, the use of the website, and visitors’ website access preferences across multiple requests and visits. It is possible to include Personally-Identifying Information, or references to such information, in cookies, thereby enabling websites to track the online movements of particular individuals. To prevent Camino from sending cookies to specific websites, configure Camino to prompt you when a website wants to set a cookie. To prevent Camino from sending cookies to any website, configure it to disable cookies. Our privacy and security Documentation provides information about changing this preferences.

Privacy Policy Changes

The Camino Project may change the Camino Privacy Policy from time to time. Any and all changes will be reflected on this page. When Mozilla changes this policy in a material way, a notice will be posted on the Web site. Substantive changes may also be announced through the standard mechanisms by which the Camino Project communicates with its users and community, including the Camino Project’s weblog. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the terms of this Privacy Policy. You should periodically check this page for any changes to the current policy.

For More Information

If you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact the Camino Project.