- General notes
- Who is responsible for data processing?
- What is personal data?
- Collection and processing on AdblockPlus.org
- Information you give to us on a voluntary basis
- Collection and processing in Adblock Plus extensions
- Adblock Browser for Android
- Adblock Browser for iOS
- Email collection
- What rights do you have?
- Deletion of your data
Who is responsible for data processing?
The legal person responsible for the collection, processing and / or use of personal data in connection with Adblock Plus ("Controller") is:
If you have any questions regarding your personal data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is personal data?
The purpose of data protection is to protect personal data. Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ("data subject"). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular, by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
This information includes, for example, details such as name and email address, but also nicknames and information in your forum posts.
Collection and processing on AdblockPlus.org
When using AdblockPlus.org, we automatically collect the following data in order to provide you with our services, and for security reasons:
All requests to AdblockPlus.org are recorded in the website logs. Data stored includes your IP address (solely for the purpose of IT security and only accessible by eyeo's IT Security team), the time at which the request was made, the web address accessed, the browser identifier and the referring page. This data (IP address only aggregated via hashing with a daily changing salt) is used to generate usage statistics as well as to investigate potential security issues and forum or blog spam. Detailed logs are retained for a period of 30 days, after which only the aggregated usage statistics that cannot be connected to a single user remain. Everything else is deleted.
Uninstallation page feedback
After uninstalling Adblock Plus, you may be directed to a webpage that asks for your feedback. The webpage anonymously stores some application and platform related data. If you decide to submit feedback, we will also store it anonymously.
Stored IP addresses
AdblockPlus.org stores your IP address when you create a forum post or add a blog comment. This allows administrators to effectively address spam content and security breaches. All stored IP addresses are deleted after 30 days.
Information you give to us on a voluntary basis
The AdblockPlus.org forum and blog are both publicly available to all visitors. If you write a post or comment, we collect and process personal data as follows:
We use personal data you entered during forum registration to form the user's public profile, which is visible to other forum visitors for the purpose that users can associate forum posts with a particular person.
Passwords and email addresses will not be visible to other forum visitors.
- Passwords go through one-way encryption before they are stored on the server.
- Email addresses are only displayed in the public profile if explicitly agreed to. By default, they are only used for the sending of notifications to which you subscribed.
Note: Registration is not required to participate in the forums.
When you add a comment on the Adblock Plus blog, you can optionally specify an email address. Unlike the other fields, the email address is never displayed to other visitors and is only used to notify the comment author about replies to his / her comments, if any.
Collection and processing in Adblock Plus extensions
When you use the Adblock Plus browser extension, we collect and process the following data:
Extension update checks
If you add filter subscriptions to your Adblock Plus installation, the subscription will be requested to regularly retrieve updates. Every update results in the hosting website receiving your IP address as well as some general information like your Adblock Plus version, browser and browser version. The processing of such data is not controlled by eyeo and is subject to the respective privacy terms of the provider of the website in question.
Adblock Plus for Firefox allows you to send issue reports that will be temporarily stored on the AdblockPlus.org domain. These reports contain information required to investigate the issue including the Adblock Plus version, browser version, address of the web page where the problem is visible, blockable items on the web page, matching filters and active subscriptions. Parameter values are removed from all transmitted addresses to avoid unintentionally leaking private information. It is also possible to provide additional information on a voluntary basis, which may be privacy-sensitive:
- A website screenshot provides a scaled-down and color-reduced version of the page viewed. It is possible to remove particularly sensitive sections of the page before the report is sent.
- The email address is only used to request more information or to update the user on the issue.
- A list of installed extensions is necessary for the investigation of conflicts with other extensions.
The processed reports can only be accessed by an individual who knows their unique address. These addresses are only shared with the maintainers of the filter subscriptions mentioned in the report, as EasyList authors, who are not employed at eyeo, and are unlikely to be found by others unless a link is provided. All reports and their associated data are automatically removed after 30 days.
Adblock Plus stores some data in the Firefox profile on your computer. Adblock Plus never transmits this data to any servers, but other extensions and services, such as Firefox Sync, may do so. Most of the data (your preferences, filter subscriptions and custom filters) is unobjectionable privacy-wise. However, filter hit statistics and recent issue reports could be used to reconstruct your browsing history. Adblock Plus treats this information identically to how history data is treated by the browser; this data isn't stored if you are using private browsing mode and is removed if you choose to clear your browsing history.
Adblock Browser for Android
Deviating from the description in Mozilla’s Privacy Notice, Firefox updates are provided under eyeo's control and some features, such as the Firefox Health Report, crash reporting and add-ons, are disabled.
Adblock Browser for iOS
In the event of an unexpected crash, Adblock Browser for iOS collects data relevant for analyzing the cause of the error and transmits it to eyeo's HockeyApp account. The data is solely used for individual troubleshooting (as well as for identifying general defects which lead to unexpected crashes) and is never shared with any third parties other than HockeyApp.
During a crash the following data is sent:
- Bundle identifier, bundle version and short bundle version string of Adblock Browser for iOS.
- Device type, CPU architecture and version of the operating system.
- Timestamp of when the crash happened.
- A generated UUID to prevent duplicate crash reports.
- If an exception was thrown, the plain-text class name and message value of the exception.
- Low level crash data like instruction pointer, method or function names, signal data, pointer registers and information about the loaded binary images.
Said data is only collected when the application crashes. Furthermore, Adblock Browser for iOS explicitly asks for permission to send the collected information after the crash happened. All crash reports stored on our servers are removed after 30 days.
Some of eyeo's webpages host product campaigns that rely on email collection. For example, you can request a link by email to install Adblock Browser on your mobile device. We do not use third parties to manage these campaigns. Instead, data that you submit is handled in-house (i.e. turned into an email or used to send the email). Further, we do not store your email address unless it’s specifically required to execute the related campaign (i.e. email signups for a newsletter or signing up to get notified about a product launch). In cases where we do store your email address, we only store it for the length of time that is needed to execute the campaign (i.e. once you’ve been notified of the launch). We will never share or sell your email address, or any other information collected, to any third parties.
What rights do you have?
Naturally you have the right to receive, upon request, information about the personal data stored by us about you. You also have the right to correct inaccurate personal data and to block and delete details. To do so, please contact us via email@example.com or write to the above address.
Deletion of your data
If we do not need your personal data any longer for the aforementioned purposes, we will delete it and it will no longer be available for further use. Please note, if data needs to be retained for legal purposes we will block the respective data.