Qwant

Qwant is a French web search engine.

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Transparency

Does the policy require users to be notified in case of a data breach? N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)

7/7

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Note

Without an account, you can't get notified. If you do have an account, it is unclear.

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Will affected users be notified when the policy is meaningfully changed? N/A (no personal data—or contact information—collected)

5/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Note

No contact information is collected that can allow such (without an account). With an account, it is unclear and can be inferred as "No."

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

3/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Citation

Last update : 21/02/2020

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

1/3

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

We should always ask our search engine what are the personal data that it does not collect 🙂

To the maximum of its possibilities and the state of art, Qwant anonymizes the data it needs to collect to deliver its services.

When you use Qwant as a search engine, we don’t put any cookie on your browser that may allow us or others to recognize you or to follow you everywhere on the Internet. We don’t use any tracking device (pixel, fingerprinting…). We don’t collect and we don’t store any history or your searches. When you enter a search query, it is immediately anonymized following the processes detailed below. Long story short, what you are doing with Qwant is part of your privacy and we don’t want to know.

Qwant has a Privacy office dedicated to the protection of your privacy. It also has a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Both work closely with each other to ensure that the relevant regulation regarding personal data is applied as strongly as it should.

The DPO keeps an updated register of all processing of personal data made by Qwant for its services. For instance, when you create an account on the site, you can choose to fill in your profile and this is a processing of personal data for which the register will say how data may be kept (and how long), and who can access it.

We commit to do anything we can to ensure the security and confidentiality of our users personal data, including by preventing data damage, loss, or access by unauthorized third parties. Qwant’s URL has the HTTPS header that shows users they communicate with Qwant through a secure channel using the TLS protocol. Technically, TLS ensures users that their data can’t be intercepted by fraud. Moreover, the green lock that you see on most browsers when using Qwant certifies that you are browsing a secure website.

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Collection

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

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Qwant does not require any registration to use its search engine. However, you may want to register an account to sign-in and enjoy advanced functionalities.

In such cases, we collect some personal data such as your name, firstname and email address:

  • when you register to our services. You are free to manage yourself all the information related to your account (information changes, corrections, updates and deletion);
  • or when you use forms available on our website, so that Qwant can process your request. Qwant also collects connection data, not associated with your search queries, only to ensure the security of its information system and, if you create or modify Boards, to respect the obligation to identify content creators mandated by law.

Even when you are connected with an ID, we don’t use any cookie nor any other tracking device when you browse the site. The only technology that may be installed on your browser, called “local storage”, is used to locally save your settings (language, activation or deactivation of options…). You can delete personal data stored in your “local storage” by deactivating cookies in your browser. However, this deactivation may prevent you from accessing some functionalities of the site, such as your browsing preferences.

Users personal data are collected and processed by Qwant solely for the following purposes:

  • the technical management of the user’s account(s) and available services, in accordance with our Terms of Use, on the basis of article 6.1.b of the GDPR (processing that is necessary for the execution of the contract between you and us);;
  • the management of information requests, in the context of the use of the services, on the basis for article 6.1.b of the GDPR (processing that is necessary for the execution of the Terms of Use, which are a contract between you and us);;
  • the management of job applications, in the context of Qwant’s recruitement processes, on the basis of article 6.1.f of the GDPR (our legitimate interest, with respect to your fundamental rights and freedoms, to process your job applications);
  • the management of delisting requests, requests related to rights regarding personal data, and content removal requests, in the context of the compliance by Qwant of its legal obligations, on the basis of article 6.1.c of the GDPR (necessity to comply with legal requirements);
  • the security of Qwant’s information system, in the context of the management of the security and smooth operation of the services, including by detecting fraudulent clicks on ads and automated abusive search queries, on the basis of article 6.1.F of the GDPR (our legitimate interest to secure our services and detect anomalies in their use);
  • the indexing of the Web and the presentation of the results associated to the keywords entered by the user, on the basis of article 6.1.b of the GDPR (processing that is necessary for the execution of the Terms of Use, which are a contract between you and us).

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

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Qwant does not require any registration to use its search engine. However, you may want to register an account to sign-in and enjoy advanced functionalities.

In such cases, we collect some personal data such as your name, firstname and email address:

  • when you register to our services. You are free to manage yourself all the information related to your account (information changes, corrections, updates and deletion);
  • or when you use forms available on our website, so that Qwant can process your request. Qwant also collects connection data, not associated with your search queries, only to ensure the security of its information system and, if you create or modify Boards, to respect the obligation to identify content creators mandated by law.

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Does the service collect personal data from third parties? Only for critical data

7/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

For example, a blog providing user avatars or a bank conducting identity verification

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

When Qwant requires Microsoft to transmit ads that match the entered keywords, Qwant anonymizes the required data and therefore only transmits to Microsoft the entered keywords with the User Agent of your browser (that is the type of browser that you use and its version), as well as a salted hash generated from a fraction of your IP address (last octet truncated) and the User Agent. An approximative geographic area of the origin of the search query, to the scale of a region or a city, is sent in order to deliver ads that are more locally relevant (for instance if you search for a plumber).

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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 May 18, 2020 (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

Note

No data is used for other than critical purposes.

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Handling

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

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Therefore, every ad that Qwant displays fully adheres to the values we defend and our quality standards. When you use Qwant, no personal information whatsoever is neither captured or transmitted to advertisers. In details: – No third party cookies – No trackers – No behavioral targeting – No campaigns mixing legit and promotional content (native advertising)

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

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Some data are transmitted after anonymization to third party advertising partners, for click fraud and abuses detection, the detection of automated systems (bots), and the selection of local ads at the scale of a region or a region (see below).

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

5/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (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

Even when you are connected with an ID, we don’t use any cookie nor any other tracking device when you browse the site. The only technology that may be installed on your browser, called “local storage”, is used to locally save your settings (language, activation or deactivation of options…). You can delete personal data stored in your “local storage” by deactivating cookies in your browser. However, this deactivation may prevent you from accessing some functionalities of the site, such as your browsing preferences.

For data of your Qwant account, your data will be deleted after 7 days from the day you delete your account. During this time, you have the possibility to reactivate your account by using your identifier and password.

Regarding data collected for the processing of information requests, Qwant deletes them within 6 months after the receipt of the request.

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When does the policy allow law enforcement access to personal data? N/A (no personal data to share)

5/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

The service would have no personal data to share with law enforcement.

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

Note

Qwant does not collect enough information to warrant (without an account). Otherwise, with an account, it can be inferred as "Not specified."

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Warnings

Qwant 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 Qwant, submit one here.


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9.2/10

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May 17, 2020

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