1. While using our products: iBlockAds or iBlockAds Browser
2. While using our websites:
List of techniques and tools we use for data collection:
1. In our products: Update checks Subscription downloads Sending issue reports Emergency notification checks 2. On our websites: Cookies Log files Data, like name and / or email address, sent by you when using our forum or blog, or when sharing manually added filters Via Google Analytics
1. For a period of 30 days: Issue report data Crash and error reporter data Website logs Data related to subscription downloads, extension update checks, emergency notifications
2. Blog and forum data as long as the respective comment / account exists
Note: “Aggregated usage statistics”, such as analytics data and other data without any connection to a single user, may be retained beyond these periods.
We collect as little data as possible. As far as anonymous or pseudonymous use is possible we anonymize or pseudonymize your data.
For any queries, you can contact us via email or phone.
The following information applies to the collection, processing and use of personal data in connection with our services, as but not limited to, the iBlockAds extension, iBlockAds Browser and on our websites.
In the following text we will inform you about the specific data, the scope and the purpose of the collection and use of personal data by iBlockAds when using our products and visiting our websites.
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.
We collect and process your personal data solely for the following purposes:
2. We collect and process your personal data relating to subscription downloads, extension updates, emergency downloads, and Issue Reporter data sent to us by you to improve and evaluate our products.
3. We send emergency notifications in order to inform you about urgent issues in connection with our products.
4. We collect and process the data you have provided us with in our blog and forum in order to communicate with you and / or to assist you.
We will always ask for your consent to collect and process your personal data for the aforementioned specific purposes, unless the collection and processing of your personal data is permitted by statutory laws. Where you have provided us with your consent to the collection and processing of your personal data for the aforementioned specific purposes, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.
The collection and processing of your personal data may be necessary for the performance of a contract to which you may be a party. Prior to entering into such a contract, the collection and processing of your personal data may also be necessary in order to take steps at your request. This applies for installation (data gathered by the browser and / or app store) and the use of our products.
The collection and processing of your personal data may be necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests. We collect and process website 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 the 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 products is in your and our vital interest and therefore we use such data.
We may only transfer your personal data to third parties without informing you separately beforehand in the following exceptional cases as explained below:
In compliance with the applicable laws and national data protection laws and to the extent legally permitted, you have the following rights to protect your personal data collected and processed by us:
Naturally you have the right to receive, upon request, information about the personal data stored by us about you and information about how we collect, process and store your personal data. Where that is the case, you have the right to gain access to such personal data stored by us. You have the right to request from us the rectification of your inaccurate personal data. Taking into account the purposes of collecting and processing your data, you have the right to have incomplete personal data completed. You have the right to request restriction of processing.
You also have the right (1) to receive all personal data 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.
You have the right to demand from us the erasure of your personal data, where – inter alia – one of the following grounds applies:
Please note, if data needs to be retained for legal purposes, we will restrict the use of the respective data.
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 data relating to you infringes the applicable law.
You have the right to object at any time to the collection and processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, when collection and processing is based on our legitimate interest.
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 data for one or more specific purposes.
To exercise your rights, you can contact us via email or phone.
When you use the iBlockAds browser extension, we collect and process the following data:
If you add filter subscriptions to your iBlockAds 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 iBlockAds version, browser and browser version.
iBlockAds allows you to send issue reports that will be temporarily stored on the iblockads.org website. These reports contain information required to investigate the issue including the iBlockAds version, browser version, address of the web page where the problem is visible, blockable items on the web page, matching filters, active subscriptions, type of issue report (i.e. false positive or false negative), and a screenshot of the issue (it is possible to remove particularly sensitive sections of the page before the report is sent). Parameter values are removed from all transmitted addresses to avoid unintentionally leaking private information.
The processed reports can only be accessed by an individual who knows their unique ID. These IDs are only shared with:
Data related to subscription downloads, extension update checks, emergency notifications, Issue Reporter data (as well as the full reports and their associated data) are automatically removed after 30 days. Only a subset of the data will be kept longer. This includes only the country code of users filing an issue (extracted from the IP address) for analytic purposes, which is stored separately from the full reports and cannot be connected to an individual after deletion of the full reports.
iBlockAds stores some data in the Firefox profile on your computer. iBlockAds 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. iBlockAds 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.
When using our websites, as iblockads.org , we automatically collect the following data in order to provide you with our services, and for security reasons:
All requests to our Websites 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.
The request to our Websites, including your IP address, is stored when you create a forum post, submit a contact form, or add a blog comment. This allows administrators to effectively address spam content and security breaches. All stored requests are deleted after 30 days.
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service from Google Inc. ("Google"), on our Websites. Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies" (text files stored on your computer that enable us to analyze your use of our Websites). Information generated by the cookies (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to and stored at a Google server in the United States. Google uses this information to assess your use of our Websites, to compile activity reports, and to provide more services connected with the use of our Websites. It is possible that Google may transmit this information to third parties if required by law, or if third parties process this information on behalf of Google.
Our Website uses Google Tag Manager for the implementation of Google Analytics. Google Tag Manager, provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google”), is a solution that allows marketed website tags to be managed using an interface. The Tag Manager tool itself (which implements the tags) is a cookie-less domain and does not register personal data. The tool causes other tags to be activated. These tags then may register data under certain deactivated domains or on a cookie level. This setting will remain in place for all tracking tags implemented with Google Tag Manager.
Our Website uses the web analysis and optimization service Google Optimize provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google”). We use the Google Optimize service to increase the attractiveness, content and functionality of our Website by playing new features and content to a percentage of our users and statistically evaluating the usage change (A/B testing). Google Optimize is a sub-service of Google Analytics.
You can deactivate Google Optimize if you do not want to help us improve our products. But please note that in this case, a cookie will be set that stores your deactivation choice. This cookie is considered a “necessary cookie” and can’t be deactivated.
On our website, iBlockAds.ai, we automatically collect the following information:
The iBlockAds 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.
Note: Registration is not required to read articles in the forum and you can delete your account at any time.
When you add a comment on the iBlockAds 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 their comments, if any.
Some of iBlockAds’ Websites host product campaigns that rely on email collection. For example, you can request a link by email to install iBlockAds Browser on your 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). We will never share or sell your email address, or any other information collected, to any third parties.
Data provided by you in connection with our blog and our forum will be retained for the same time as the comment and / or your account exists.
In general, 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).