LAST UPDATED: FEB 11, 2019

Brave websites, forums, and email privacy policy

Read this document to understand how Brave Software (“us”, “we”, “Brave”, etc.) use data to operate its websites, forums, and communications. To learn how we use data for the Brave Browser, see the Brave Browser Privacy Policy. To learn how we use data for publishers and creators, see the Publisher Privacy Policy.

Infrastructure

Brave websites are hosted on infrastructure we operate, and on infrastructure operated on our behalf by Amazon, Heroku (a Salesforce company), and Fastly. Fastly’s infrastructure is designed to be as close to you as possible — probably in the same country as you, though this is not guaranteed. The rest of this infrastructure is located in the United States, which is where information is processed and stored. Amazon, Heroku, and Fastly are certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, which provides safeguards intended to be equivalent to those provided in the EU. See data processing details.

Community forums

Community.brave.com and forum.batcommunity.org are forums on which you may post and publicly communicate with other Brave users and community-members. Brave runs these forums, and they are hosted on its behalf by Civilized Discourse Construction Kit. Their privacy policy describes how they use your data to host the forum for us. The IP address of all server requests are stored for no more than 30 days. We have access to the information that you make available on the forum, and can use this to administer the forum. Information about how Discourse keeps your data safe is available here. All of Discourse’s code is open source and subject to public inspection. If you are a user you can access or delete your account (and related data) in the “preferences” panel at community.brave.com. You can also contact us to request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. See data processing details.

E-mail

If you ask us to keep in touch with you by email about policy issues, we will use MailChimp to do so. This is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, which provides safeguards intended to be equivalent to those provided in the EU. Every email we send like this includes an unsubscribe link. See data processing details.

Children

Children under the age of 131 are not permitted to use the website, sign up for email updates, join the community forum, or send Brave any other information. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has interacted with the website, please contact privacy@brave.com. In that case, we will do our best to remove all related records.

 

Detail of personal data processing

Users of Brave websites
Purpose of processing Categories of personal data processed Legal basis of processing Duration of storage
To provide efficient access to Brave websites on the Internet IP address, user agent Our interest in providing a fast-loading website. The data are used in a way that does not negatively affect your rights or interests. Cloudflare DNS2 log is 1 week. Fastly3 only logs aggregated data unless an IP address is suspected of security threat.

 

Users of the Brave or Bat Community forums
Purpose of processing Categories of personal data processed Legal basis of processing Duration of storage
To operate the forum, including improving it based on feedback and use. IP address, user agent (version number of your operating system version and browser), community pages visited, incoming and outgoing links, reading times per post, user profiles viewed, likes given and flags being requested, registration IP addresses, posts that you write, pseudonym or real name, profile photo Necessary for the performance of a contract between us (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). The time necessary to deliver the requested service.
To send user-requested notifications or respond to user questions E-mail address, pseudonym or real name Necessary for the performance of a contract between us (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). The time necessary to deliver the requested service.
To provide customer service and support IP address, user agent (version number of operating system version and browser), community pages visited, incoming and outgoing links, reading times per post, user profiles viewed, likes given and flags being requested, registration IP addresses, posts that you write, pseudonym or real name, profile photo Necessary for the performance of a contract between us (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). The time necessary to deliver the requested service.
To display ongoing community conversations that include posts from members who have left the community. Posts by former members (these may no longer be personal data because once user name is removed the former user may no longer be identifiable) Our interest in maintaining an unbroken community conversation. The data are used in a way that does not negatively affect your rights or interests. Indefinite.
Research and product development
Purpose of processing Categories of personal data processed Legal basis of processing Duration of storage
To receive user testing responses (from survey and tests in person) Name, contact details, responses to survey questions about use of Brave Browser Consent 1 year
To send Brave Beta Testers new software E-mail address, Name Consent The duration of a person’s participation in Brave Beta Testing

 

Correspondence/contact/competitions
Purpose of processing Categories of personal data processed Legal basis of processing Duration of storage
To operate the “Brave Insights” mailing list E-mail address, pseudonym or real name, professional description, frequency of access to these notes, and geographic region. Consent The time necessary to deliver the requested service.
To run occasional contests E-mail address, IP address Consent The duration of an individual contest.
General correspondence Data sent by the person communicating. Our interest in correctly responding to users, and maintaining good relations with them. The data are used in a way that does not negatively affect your rights or interests. Indefinite.

 

Contacting Brave about your privacy

We are always interested in hearing and responding to questions and concerns at twitter.com/brave and at github.com/brave. More in-depth conversations can be had at community.brave.com.

You can contact our data protection officer, Dr Johnny Ryan, and the rest of our privacy team at privacy@brave.com. We are represented in Europe by Brave Software Europe Ltd.

You can ask to know what information we have about you, update incorrect information, delete it, object to our use of it, or get a copy of it. If you’re in the European Union, you also have the right to complain to your local data protection authority (though everyone should have this right).

We’ll update this policy whenever we make material changes to our practices, and we’ll announce it to let you know.

 

Notes

  1. Some countries in the European Union have defined a child as any person under the age of 13. This varies from country to country, as provided for in Article 8(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This policy uses the lowest age for consistency.
  2. The Domain Name Systems (DNS) translates domain names such as Brave.com in to the IP addresses that web browsers use. Cloudflare is our DNS provider. See https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/dns/what-is-dns/.
  3. Content Management Networks (CDNs) attempt to speed up websites by using servers near to the user requesting the site. Fastly is our CDN provider. See https://www.fastly.com/industries/digital-publishing.

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