It became known that Mozilla is working on fixing a bug in its Firefox browser for the Android platform, due to which the device’s camera does not turn off even when the user puts the browser in the background or locks the screen. According to reports, the fix will appear in October this year.
The mentioned bug was discovered by an employee of the Appear TV platform. He reported it to Mozilla back in July last year, but it still hasn’t been fixed. The problem arises in cases where a user launches a stream through a browser without installing special applications for privacy reasons. Many users prefer to broadcast directly through the browser, since it clearly warns users in cases when a particular resource tries to access the camera or microphone, and does not collect any additional data. But as it turned out, the camera turned on through Firefox continues to work and transmit a video stream, not only after the browser is switched to the background, but also in the event of a screen lock.
A spokesperson for Mozilla confirmed the problem, adding that after fixing the problem, Firefox will be better able to maintain the privacy of user data. He also noted that a patch is currently under development, which should go public in October this year.
“As with video conferencing applications, we notify users when a site opened in Firefox accesses a camera or microphone. The fix is aimed at ensuring that after locking the screen, the device goes into “audio only“- said a spokesman for Mozilla.
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