Webzine Does Not Store User Data
We would not be where we are today without the constant support and input of our users helping us to create the best mobile browsing out there. Over the past several days, we’ve been taking note of the common threads in comments on our blog and feedback from around the Web.Below you’ll find answers to the 5 most common user questions we’ve received about Dolphin security and privacy over the past week:
How do I know that Dolphin has not stored my browsing history to target advertising?
Webzine feature has never (and will never) be used to collect or store data for advertising. We are very conscientious of our users’ privacy and no intention to use personal data to monetize our app.
Has any data collected been deleted?
Since last week’s concerns came to light, we have cleared all associated server and have no trace of any URL history from any Dolphin user.
How do I know the issue is fixed? If the Android v7.0.1 release didn’t fix it, how do I know that v7.0.2 has fixed the problem?
From a technical standpoint, there are several ways to see that the “Toggle Webzine” has been disabled and the issue has been 100% fixed:
1. User interface – the screenshots below depicts the contrast between v7.0 and v7.0.2 where you’ll see that the button no longer exists in the address bar.
2. Android users can use a “packet sniffer” tool to see what data is being sent by any application on their phone. In the before/after screenshots below, you’ll see an outbound request to Webzine taking place in version 7.0, but no outbound requests occurring in the newest version (7.0.2).
Dolphin Browser HD v7.0
Dolphin Browser HD v7.0.2
Please also note the fix has been recognized and confirmed by the original that called the issue to our attention.
Will this feature be fixed in Dolphin Browser for iOS?
Yes, Toggle Webzine was also a feature included in Dolphin for iPhone and iPad. It has been disabled in the newest app store update version 2.0 which is live in the App Store.
What steps are you taking to make the Toggle Webzine feature more secure in future releases?
We will do everything we can to protect our users’ privacy and security. This means that all futureversions of Dolphin will have an opt-in, not opt-out, process for Toggle Webzine with encrypted data.
What are the recent changes with the new version and what does this mean for my browsing history?
We have made speedy changes to protect your privacy. In the updated Android v7.1 and iPhone 2.0 versions we have fixed all issues and would like to reiterate that we do not forward the URL of any links, searches or pages you open in Dolphin Browser.
A few days ago, it was called to our attention that our newest version of Dolphin HD for Android 7.0 relays browsing information to a Webzine-specific URL. This information was never stored on our servers, and no browsing information has been captured about our users.
Update: It’s come to our attention that the hot fix update we pushed out last night on Android Market (7.0.1) did not fix the issue. It has now been resolved and is live on the Android Market as Dolphin Browser HD v7.0.2. Again, user privacy is a huge priority for us and we thank you for your patience while this has been resolved.