Chrome for Android accidently reveals visited sites in Incognito mode

Incognito mode on Google Chrome for Android should hide anything about visited websites. Unfortunately the browser, with between 1 billion and 5 billion users, has an issue which reveals which sites have been visited despite using the privacy mode. Trough ‘Site settings’ it’s still possible to see information about visited websites, a Reddit visitor found out.

(A dutch user posted a video on Reddit demonstrating the issue)

The issue is caused by the default settings of the ‘Site settings’ menu. This contains a list with websites for which the user once gave permission to use the camera, microphone, or full screen mode. If a website has asked permission for any of these it will show up in the Site settings, even when the site was visited in Incognito mode.

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For example, if in Incognito mode a website asks permission to show a video in fullscreen then the site is added to the list.

Users can remove the data from Chrome as a workaround, however then also stored account data is removed.

The issue is only in the regular version of Chrome for Android. Google appears to have fixed it in the development version.

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