Pale Moon Privacy Policy

As part of normal operation, the Pale Moon browser connects to several services run by us and (in limited capacity) third parties. These connections include:
  • Program updates (Pale Moon operated).
  • Security list updates like the blocklist for add-ons (Pale Moon operated).
  • Add-on updates (both Pale Moon operated and provided by Mozilla).
    Mozilla will only receive update requests for add-ons which we do not host ourselves, and only with the minimum data required to provide updates.
  • Geolocation services (provided by IP-API.com).
    This service will only receive your IP address and generic browser data through a normal http request. No local network or location data will be sent to this provider. You have the option to disable this feature and you are in control which websites are allowed to request this information or trigger a geolocation lookup.
  • Secure certificate verification: when you visit a secure website (i.e. "HTTPS"), Pale Moon will validate the website's certificate. This may involve communicating with a third-party status provider (e.g. OCSP) specified by the certificate. Pale Moon sends information identifying the site's certificate to this third-party.
  • Search and search suggestions: When you perform a web search from the address bar or search bar, your query and standard web browser information will be sent to the search provider to service your request.
    Search suggestions is a feature to help you to find out common phrases that other people have searched for. These search suggestions are offered by your search engines (such as DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, etc.) and not by Pale Moon. If you enable this feature, and your chosen search engine supports suggestions, Pale Moon may send the terms you type in the address bar or search bar to your chosen search engine provider to retrieve suggestions.
    How this data is handled is governed by the applicable Privacy Policy of your chosen search engine provider.
  • Optional: Pale Moon Sync (Pale Moon operated)
    If you choose to use the Pale Moon Sync service, your usage will be governed by that particular service's policies.
For performance reasons, any of these connections may also be served through one or more content delivery networks (CDNs) and as such also subject to the Privacy Policies of such CDNs.

You can turn off the above update and verification features, but that may leave you open to security vulnerabilities. Specific instructions for turning off the relevant features can be found on our forum. In case of doubt, feel free to ask any of our user community members.



Pale Moon related sites and services are operated under the following privacy policy:

Last updated: 2017-03-09.

Your personal privacy is important to us. This is why we adhere to common sense and best practice principles in the way we operate our sites and services. To clarify these principles, this privacy policy highlights the most important aspects of your visits, your data, and our handling thereof.

How We Collect Data

We collect data about your visit and use of our sites and services in industry-standard ways. Normal operational data is collected in site access logs, and your session data for parts of our sites where you log in (e.g. the forum) will be collected and stored in the relevant databases.

What Data We Collect

As part of your visit, we will collect your IP address, user agent, and any referrers sent by your browser. We also log the nature of your visit and which parts of the sites and/or services you have accessed.
In addition, for account-relative actions (that require you to set up an account and log in, e.g. the forum), we collect personal information like your name, a password and e-mail address. Only those items of personal information necessary to operate the accounts or provide services will be required. Any other volunteered information is at your own discretion.
We do not collect telemetry on your browser use or extension use.
Occasionally, we may collect data on specific update requests over a short period of time to measure the approximate size of our user base.

Data Protection

We protect your data by:
  • Limiting administrative access to our servers to required staff only.
  • Keeping various collection stores separated and properly secured against public access.
  • Offering SSL encryption where it is prudent or expected.
  • Encrypting passwords (and potentially other credentials) that are stored in our databases in a non-reversible way.
  • Occasionally pruning our stored data (see Data Retention)

Data Retention

In principle we store data only for as long as is reasonably necessary/commonly practiced to operate our sites and services.
Site access logs are cycled regularly, at which point particuarly old entries will be discarded. This retention never exceeds 1 year.
Forum accounts are pruned occasionally to prevent unnecessary storage of personal information in our database (based on last-logged-in data).

Data disclosure to third parties

Data about your visits is not transmitted to any third parties. Any backup and inspection of such data will be restricted to transfer over encrypted connections to prevent eavesdropping.

In principle, we never disclose visitor data to third parties, including our partners. An exception to this non-disclosure principle is if your visit or behavior is either suspect of abuse or criminal activity (i.e.: if you perform misconduct, we may report you to the relevant authorities), or if such disclosure is mandated by a court order that is valid in the country where either the domain owner or the hosting server resides (i.e.: we will not obstruct justice, but will not volunteer this information unless legally required to do so).
We may also disclose this information in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to third parties to prevent fraud).

User Trust and Disclaimer

By using our sites and services, you indicate, as a user, that you trust our integrity and handling of your data. If you cannot, for any reason, place this kind of trust in us, then you should refrain from using our sites and services.

Additionally, although we will do our best to provide full transparency and privacy of your personal information, we cannot 100% guarantee your data's safety due to the distributed nature of our sites and global distribution of assets, and reliance of our sites and services on third party providers. We cannot be held liable for any losses , monetary or otherwise, resulting from your visits, the use of our sites and services, or the personal information collected on/by them.

Amendments

This privacy policy may be updated from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are still in agreement with this policy and are happy with any changes to it.

Your rights

You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Providing said information will be subject to (in that order):
  1. The payment of a non-refundable fee (fixed at €10).
  2. Submission of sufficient information for us to contact you for verification.
  3. Verification of your identity to ensure no personal information is disclosed to unauthorized parties.
You may also request for us to remove any personal information linked to your visits, insofar this personal information is easily accessible (e.g. a forum account). You must provide us with sufficient information to verify the validity of your request. We will follow up on your request for such within a reasonable amount of time.
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