Bug #731


Privacy Browser proposes to open Telegram and WhatsApp contacts

Added by Edoardo Secco about 3 years ago. Updated about 3 years ago.

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Hello, I'm not sure if it can be considered a bug, but anyway.

After last update I noticed that PB shows up as a possible app when messaging/calling for Telegram and WA.
In the attached image you see the right icons for 'messaging' because I told "open always with".

I have a Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 with Android 8.

Thank you!


Contacts_PrivacyBrowser.jpg (178 KB) Contacts_PrivacyBrowser.jpg Edoardo Secco, 06/04/2021 11:11 AM
Screenshot_composed.jpg (1.43 MB) Screenshot_composed.jpg Edoardo Secco, 06/04/2021 03:45 PM
Actions #1

Updated by Soren Stoutner about 3 years ago

I'm not sure I fully understand what let to the attached screenshot. What app are you in, and what option did you select, that led to that screenshot?

Actions #2

Updated by Edoardo Secco about 3 years ago

The situation is: no app opened at all, I just open my list of contacts on the phone, then I go on a contact and see as in the picture.

If I actually try to follow PB in opening, for example, a call on Telegram it shows:
"Impossible to load the web page at content:// since: net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND"

I didn't make any setting for PB.

Actions #3

Updated by Soren Stoutner about 3 years ago

Privacy Browser can read any data shared via a content URL with a VIEW intent. This lets it open text files, pictures, and other things. There is a bit of information about this at You can see the intent filter in the Manifest beginning at line 130.;a=blob;f=app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml;h=2fc80d8992d243cb04ce7169c61c33bfa6435a33;hb=HEAD

However, I am not able to replicate your behavior. For example, if I open the contacts on my phone (Google's default Contacts app), go to a contact, and select share from the menu, Privacy Browser is not listed as an option. This is most likely because Contacts is not using a VIEW intent, but a different intent that matches the behavior it is looking for. Are you perhaps using a custom contacts app? Could you post a video showing the behavior?

Actions #4

Updated by Soren Stoutner about 3 years ago

If you can't post a video, a precise description of each step, with the version number of the contact app you are using, would be helpful.

Actions #5

Updated by Edoardo Secco about 3 years ago

Yes, unfortunately a video would show telephone numbers, so I'm forced to avoid it. I tried to make an image instead. Please see it attached here :-)

The contacts app is: "Contacts" by Samsung, version

Actions #6

Updated by Soren Stoutner about 3 years ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress
  • Priority changed from 3.x to Next Release

Thanks for the detailed images. They explained to me what is going on, and I am able to replicate the problem on a Samsung tablet.

The solution is to limit Privacy Browser's content intent filters. Probably to something like the following:

<data android:mimeType="text/*" />
<data android:mimeType="image/*" />
<data android:mimeType="multipart/related" />
<data android:mimeType="mmessage/rfc822" />

I'll have to play around with them a little bit to see exactly what is needed.


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