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uBlock Privacy Policy

Effective Date: May 24, 2018

This Privacy Policy describes uBlock’s information practices for its website and browser extension. Please read this policy carefully. When it comes to your personal information, most of this policy applies to users who choose to donate to support uBlock.

What is personal information?

The purpose of data protection is to protect personal information. Personal information 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 information in connection with payments.

Information uBlock collects

Personal information

When you visit the uBlock website we collect IP address, unique ID, logging of some of the button clicks on our website (clicking download, for example) and user event logging data.

When you donate from the uBlock website, we collect and store all information, excluding the credit card number, given during the payment process. This includes IP address, unique ID, logging some of the button clicks (payment, download buttons) and user event logging. uBlock does not handle or have access to full credit card numbers, bank account details or payment account login information. Each payment processor stores and uses the data you provide them differently.

uBlock uses both Stripe and PayPal as payment processors when you donate to uBlock. To learn more about their data collection policies, please consult their respective privacy policies when using them.

Anonymous information

The uBlock extension captures anonymous usage information including the version number of the extension, preferred language, Acceptable Ads opt-in, number of blocked requests, number of ads blocked, and browser and operating system type. The uBlock extension also assigns an anonymous, unique ID to each installation. We store this information on uBlock servers and we utilize this information to help us identify and fix potential issues with uBlock as well as to determine the performance of uBlock features. We will delete this information from our log files and databases as soon as we are no longer using it.

Server logs

Logs for payment processing requests are kept in accordance with US tax law retention periods and will be deleted after the end of the respective retention period. Information in these logs includes IP address, email (if provided), address (if provided), name (if provided), browser type and version, operating system, payment amount, payment type, card type, expiration date, and last four digits of the card if a card is used. This data is used to provide insights into the financial performance of uBlock.

Logs for general requests made to ublock.org or its infrastructure are kept for up to 180 days. These logs include the IP address, browser, operating system, and page address. We will anonymize the IP address by using a hash to encrypt this information and we will immediately delete the original IP address. This data is used to generate usage statistics as well as to investigate potential security issues. After 180 days, we will remove this information from our log files and databases.

Analytics

uBlock uses Google Analytics to aggregate information about traffic patterns and how our website and extension are used. We use this info only to improve our extension and website. You can find information about Google Analytics’ data collection practices, as well as its privacy policy here.

uBlock uses Crashlytics to aggregate information about how our Safari Mac app is being used. This information includes includes, but is not limited to, device state information, unique device identifiers, device hardware and OS information, information relating to how an application functions, and the physical location of a device at the time of a crash. Crashlytics is a service provided by Google, and you can find information about its data collection practices, as well as it privacy policy here.

For users in the European Union and European Economic Area

We use Google Analytics on our Website, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies” (text files which are stored on your computer and which enable you to analyse your use of our Website). The information generated by the cookie on your use of our Website (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the United States and are stored there. Google will use this information to assess your use of our Website, to compile reports on the activities for us and to provide more services connected with use of our Website and the internet. It is also possible that Google may transmit this information to third parties if this is required by law, or if third parties process this information on behalf of Google.

You can deactivate Google Analytics by means of a browser add-on if you do not want to participate in Website analysis. You can download this here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

How uBlock processes and discloses collected information

We try to make uBlock better

We use the collected usage and analytics information to maintain and improve the uBlock extension, website and applications, to gain insight into how our services are being used, and in our efforts to prevent fraud. The information is only used internally.

Your information is not for sale

uBlock never has and never will sell your personal information to any third party without your consent. We sometimes share anonymized and aggregated information that cannot be associated with an individual with third parties or the public.

uBlock discloses personal information as required by law

uBlock cooperates with all valid United States law enforcement requests and court orders.

Data security

All personal and usage information that uBlock collects is stored in our databases and uBlock takes reasonable steps to keep it secure. That said, no database or server is 100% secure and we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your data in our system or while being transmitted over the Internet. Our best effort is given, but you use uBlock’s website and products at your own risk.

What is the legal basis?

We collect and process your personal information in compliance with the GDPR and the applicable EU laws.

Collection and processing is based on your consent:
Art. 6 (1) a GDPR, Art. 4 (11) GDPR

We will always ask for your consent to collect and process your personal information for the aforementioned specific purposes, unless the collection and processing of your personal information is permitted by statutory laws. Where you have provided us with your consent to the collection and processing of your personal information for the aforementioned specific purposes, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Collection and processing is necessary for taking steps prior to enter into a contract: Art. 6 (1) b GDPR

The collection and processing of your personal information may be necessary for the performance of a contract to which you may be a party. Prior to entering into such contract, the collection and processing of your personal information may also be necessary in order to take steps at your request. This applies for installation and the use of our extension as well as any payment processing in connection with donations.

Collection and processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Controller is subject: Art. 6 (1) c GDPR

Collection and processing of your personal information may be necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject under EU laws or the laws of a EU Member State.

Collection and processing is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests: Art. 6 (1) f GDPR

The collection and processing of your personal information may be necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests. We collect and process server logs for technical reasons, such as, but not limited to, preventing denial of service attacks. Denial of service is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled. Preventing such overloads of our systems and any security issues by denial of service attacks is in your and our vital interest and therefore we use the website logs. We use information collected and processed via subscription downloads, extension update checks, emergency notifications and feedback data sent by you, for technical reasons, such as, but not limited to, ensuring the security of the extension version used by you. Ensuring the security of our extension is in your and our vital interest and therefore we use such data. Furthermore, we collect and process such data to ensure that our website and extension are constantly improved and adjusted to the changing requirements for an efficient usability and the technical environment. Ensuring the usability of our websites and of our extension is in your and our vital interest and therefore we use such data.

What rights do you have?

In compliance with the GDPR and the applicable EU laws and to the extent legally permitted, you have the following rights to protect your personal information collected and processed by us:

Information, access, rectification and restriction rights

Naturally you have the right to receive, upon request, information about the personal information stored by us about you and information about how we collect, process and store your personal information. Where that is the case, you have the right to gain access to such personal information stored by us. You have the right to request from us the rectification of your inaccurate personal information. Taking into account the purposes of collecting and processing your data, you have the right to have incomplete personal information completed. You have the right to request restriction of processing.

Right to data portability

You also have the right (1) to receive all personal information concerning you and which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and (2) to transmit that data to another controller.

Right to erasure of your data

You have the right to demand from us the erasure of your personal information, where – inter alia – one of the following grounds applies:

  • If we no longer need your personal information for the aforementioned purposes.
  • If you withdraw your consent on which the collection and processing is based and where there are no other legal grounds for the collection and processing.
  • If you object to the collection and processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the collection and processing.

Please note, if data needs to be retained for legal purposes pursuant to Art. 17 (3) GDPR, we will restrict the use of the respective data.

Personal information in connection with payments

If you have attempted a payment on the uBlock website then you can request to have your email and name removed from our system. To do this, please contact us at privacy@ublock.org and provide us with the email addressed used in conjunction with the purchase. Please note that uBlock can only remove information from our own systems and cannot make changes to data that you give to a payment processor.

Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the collection and processing of personal information relating to you infringes the GDPR.

Right to object to the processing of your data

You have the right to object at any time to the collection and processing of your personal information on grounds relating to your particular situation, when collection and processing is based on our legitimate interest (Art. 6 (1) f GDPR).

Right to withdraw your consent at any time

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, when you have provided us with your consent to the collection and processing of your personal information for one or more specific purposes.

How to exercise your rights

To exercise your rights, please contact us privacy@ublock.org.

Who is responsible for data collection and processing (contacts)?

Controller

The legal person responsible for the collection, processing and / or use of personal information in connection with our websites and products (“Controller”) is:

uBlock, LLC

1180 W. Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2100

Atlanta, GA 30309

privacy@ublock.org

Representative in the European Union

Our representative in the European Union in accordance with Art. 27 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is:

#LOGIN Datenschutzberatung

Rommerskirchener Straße 21, 50259

Pulheim, Germany

Attention: Sascha Kremer

Changes and updates to this policy

uBlock reserves the right to change this policy for any reason, and may make small, inconsequential changes to this policy with or without notice. Each time this policy is changed we will revise the “Effective Date” at the top of this page. When substantial changes are made to the disclosure of your personal information uBlock will attempt to notify you through the email that was provided during the payment process. Your continued use of the uBlock website or browser extension constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any revisions or updates.

Contact

You can always contact us with questions or feedback about our privacy policy at privacy@ublock.org.