A simple, clean, beautiful view of the web
GNOME Web receives no funding from advertisers, and as such is able to offer privacy features like built-in adblocking and tracking query removal that are relegated to extensions by other browsers. We aim to offer the best out-of-the-box privacy settings of any general purpose web browser. That said, GNOME Web is not suitable for use when real anonymity is required; in such cases, you must use the Tor Browser instead.
By default, GNOME Web collects personal data, such as your bookmarks and web browsing history. This data is stored locally on your computer for your own personal use. It is never transmitted to the GNOME Web developers. It is never transmitted to any third party unless you choose to enable optional Sync integration. If Sync integration is enabled, your data is encrypted and transmitted to Mozilla's Firefox Sync server, where it is stored in encrypted form. Although GNOME Web uses the Firefox Sync service, GNOME Web is not Firefox and is not endorsed by Mozilla.
GNOME Web regularly downloads updated adblock filter lists from EasyList. Users who are concerned about GNOME Web automatically connecting to EasyList may disable this feature by opening Preferences and unchecking the "Try to block advertisements" checkbox.
Due to changes in Google's terms of service, the Safe Browsing API is no longer enabled unless a Google API key is provided at build time. Accordingly, we expect most GNOME Web users are no longer protected by Safe Browsing, excepting users of Epiphany Technology Preview, which is built with a private API key. If a Google API key is provided when building GNOME Web, it may use Google's Safe Browsing Update API to warn users when visiting suspected malicious websites, e.g. phishing websites. GNOME Web maintains a local database containing malicious URL hash prefixes, sends a hash prefix to Google only when a matching potentially-malicious URL is visited, receives from Google a list of full hashes with that prefix corresponding to malicious URLs, and finally performs a local lookup to determine if the URL is considered malicious. GNOME Web will regularly download an updated hash prefix list from Google. The GNOME Web developers believe the Update API is designed with privacy in mind, and that the Safe Browsing feature is a worthwhile compromise between privacy and security. Nevertheless, users who are concerned may disable this feature by opening Preferences and unchecking the "Block Dangerous Websites" checkbox. If this option is not visible, then a Google API key was not provided when building GNOME Web, and the Safe Browsing feature is disabled.