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Handling

Does the policy allow personally-targeted or behavioral marketing? No

10/10

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Yes, but you can opt-out3.5/10
Yes, but you must opt-in7/10
No10/10

Citation

"We only ask for personal information when we truly need it to provide a service to you."

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Does the service allow third-party access to private personal data? No

10/10

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This may come in the form of outright data sharing or by using local third-party analytics software (such as Google Analytics, which collects a plethora of user information).

Note that whether the policy allows sharing aggregated user data does not affect this question.

If the personal data is encrypted when it passes through the third-party, it does not count as third-party access (as the data is inaccessible to that party).

If personal data has been made public by, for example, posting it to a blog, it does not count as private personal information (and is therefore not considered by this question).

Possible Options

Yes, not all parties specified0/10
Yes, all parties specified (including non-critical service providers such as advertisers)3/10
Yes, not all parties specified (but only to critical service providers)7/10
Yes, all parties specified (only to critical service providers)8/10
No10/10

Citation

"We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties."

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Does the service allow you to permanently delete your personal data? Yes, using an automated mechanism

5/5

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Even if there is a reasonable delay before the data is fully deleted (as is common), the data still counts as "permanently deleted" and satisfies the parameters for this question.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes, by contacting someone3/5
Yes, using an automated mechanism5/5
N/A (no personal information collected)5/5

Citation

"You may delete all of your personal information from our systems by using the 'Delete Account' tool in your profile. If you do not have an account, we do not have any of your personal information."

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When does the policy allow law enforcement access to personal data? Only when required by a court order or subpoena

4/5

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

Always0/5
Not specified0/5
When reasonably requested3/5
Only when required by a court order or subpoena4/5
N/A (no personal data to share)5/5
Never (special legal jurisdiction)5/5

Citation

"We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by a subpoena or valid court order."

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Transparency

Does the policy require users to be notified in case of a data breach? Yes, within 72 hours

7/7

Decided Aug. 31, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 8% of the final score.

Note that all companies operating in the EU are subject to Art. 33 of the GDPR, which requires companies to notify their data protection authority of a data breach within 72 hours of discovering it.

Possible Options

No0/7
Yes, eventually5/7
Yes, within 72 hours7/7
N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)7/7

Citation

"If we learn of a data breach, we will notify all affected users within 72 hours of discovery."

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Will the affected users be notified when the policy is meaningfully changed? Yes

5/5

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes5/5
N/A (no personal data—or contact information—collected)5/5

Citation

"If we modify this privacy policy in any significant way, we will notify all users via email."

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Is the policy's history made available? Only the date it was last modified

3/5

Decided Aug. 31, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Only the date it was last modified3/5
Yes, with revisions or a change-log5/5

Note

While one could check the full history on GitHub, only the last modified date is listed on the page.

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Does the policy outline the service's general security practices? Somewhat

1/3

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 4% of the final score.

The policy provides only a very vague overview of its security practices.

Possible Options

No0/3
Somewhat1/3
Yes2/3
Yes, including audits2.5/3
N/A (no personal data collected)3/3
Yes, including independent audits3/3

Citation

"What data we store, we’ll protect within commercially acceptable means to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification."

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Collection

Is it clear why the service collects the personal data that it does? Yes

10/10

Decided Aug. 31, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This question deals with transparency. Even if the service uses data for reasons that aren't ideal for privacy, provided they list all of those uses, the service can still receive full credit for this question. However, if they are not explicit about their uses (by employing language like "such as"), a lower score is assigned.

Possible Options

No0/10
Somewhat4/10
Mostly7/10
Yes10/10
No personal data is collected10/10

Citation

"We only ask for personal information when we truly need it to provide a service to you."

Note

The data collected, such as email addresses and name, are all understandable. Logs are rotated.

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Does the service collect personal data from third parties? No

10/10

Decided Aug. 31, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This includes the use of data brokers and independent verification authorities (such as background check providers).

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Only for critical data7/10
No10/10

Citation

"We do not collect any personal information except that which you give yourself to the site..."

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Does the policy list the personal data it collects? Yes, exhaustively

10/10

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

All types of collected personal data are listed specifically

Possible Options

No0/10
Only summarily3/10
Yes, generally7/10
Yes, exhaustively10/10
N/A (no personal information is collected)10/10

Citation

We collect the following data:

  • Your email address and name (when you sign up for an account)
  • Your IP address and browser "user agent" (in logs, which are periodically rotated)
  • Your actions performed on the website (edits, suggestions, and profile changes)
  • Aggregate website usage statistics (page views, general geographic breakdowns, device types)

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Does the service allow the user to control whether personal data is used or collected for non-critical purposes? N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)

5/5

Decided Aug. 28, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Some services allow users to opt-out or opt-in to of non-critical collection or use of personal data, such as collecting data for personalized advertisements.

Possible Options

No0/5
On an opt-out basis, but only for some non-critical data/uses1.5/5
On an opt-out basis, for all non-critical data/uses3/5
N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)5/5
On an opt-in basis5/5

Citation

"We do not collect any personal information except that which you give yourself to the site, however we will nonetheless make a best-effort attempt to respect Do Not Track (DNT) browser requests."

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Warnings

PrivacySpy has no warnings published on PrivacySpy. PrivacySpy publishes warnings when it learns a service has announced a data breach or is found misusing user data. If you believe a warning should be published for PrivacySpy, submit one here.


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Aug. 28, 2019

Ratings Updated

Sept. 13, 2019

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