Last Updated: November 23rd, 2020.
“Personal Information” is information that you provide to us that personally identifies you, such as your name, phone number, or email address. Except for your email address, we do not collect or require end-users of the Pale Moon Sync Service to furnish Personal Information.
“Non-Personal Information” is information that cannot by itself be directly associated with a specific person or entity. Non-Personal Information includes but is not limited to your computer’s configuration and the version of Sync you use.
“Potentially Personal Information” is information that is Non-Personal Information in and of itself but that could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify you. For example, Uniform Resource Locators (“URLs”) (the addresses of web pages) and Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses (the addresses of computers on the internet) can be Personal Information when combined with internet service provider (“ISP”) records.
“Operational Data” means aggregated data regarding users’ usage of the Sync Service, such as access log data (such as data about when people access the service and with what piece of software), how many records of each type users were creating in aggregate (such as how many bookmarks, history, or tabs users have created and synced). We collect Operational Data to help us ensure that we have sufficient storage to meet user needs and otherwise to help with the operation of the Service.
“Usage Statistics” refers to the Non-Personal Information we will use to understand your use of the Pale Moon Sync Service. Such information may include but is not limited to the amount of data you are storing with the service, the frequency with which you access the service, and bandwidth utilization.
“User Data” is the digital content stored on, manipulated, and transmitted to and from our servers by means of your use of Pale Moon Sync. Examples of User Data include those items that you choose to synchronize across devices using Sync, such as your browsing history, form history, bookmarks, saved passwords, preferences, and open tabs. User Data does not include your username, email address, or password.
Gathering, Use and Disclosure of Transmitted Data
Before you are able to access the Pale Moon Sync Service, you will be required to register. To register, the Pale Moon Sync Service will require the following Personal Information and Potentially Personal Information from you: your email address and password. We will not make any of this information public. Your email address and password are transferred to us using TLS encryption. Your email address is used by us to provide you with the service. (Feel free to use a separate email account set up just for using the Pale Moon Sync Service if you’d like.) Your password is only retained on our servers in an encrypted format (which means that your actual password cannot be recovered from it) and your e-mail is likewise not stored in plaintext in our database (it is converted to a non-recoverable account identifier).
As part of registration, you will also create a recovery key.
However, the Pale Moon Sync Service is designed so that your recovery
key resides only on your
computer and is never
transmitted to the Pale Moon Sync servers or to us.
The only time your recovery key is transmitted is when you
link a new device using the 12-character "easy setup" method. Even so,
this transmission occurs both over SSL and client-side encrypted using
a 3-party key exchange juggling protocol (J-PAKE) that prevents the
intermediate (our data exchange server involved in this process) from
ever learning your recovery key.
Once you have registered, your password and recovery key are used to help prevent unauthorized access to your account and User Data.
Encrypted User Data
The Pale Moon Sync Service encrypts User Data on your computer and uploads only pre-encrypted User Data over the network, additionally using TLS communication for such data transfers. We believe that user privacy is extremely important, and we require that the User Data is encrypted to reside on our servers. Those items you choose to synchronize across browsers or devices using Pale Moon Sync are examples of User Data that is encrypted by design before leaving your computer. These can include your browsing history, form history, bookmarks, saved passwords, preferences, and open tabs.
Data Used to Provide the Services
We receive and use the following information for the purpose of providing and improving the Pale Moon Sync Service: IP address, login credentials, date and time of accessing the Pale Moon Sync Service, and various types of operational data such as the type of client OS and browser version.
The Pale Moon Sync Service also receives the host names you have given your devices that you are syncing. These names are used to label your tabs within Pale Moon Sync. If you don’t want to share your name, you should consider naming your devices with fanciful names rather than your actual name. This information is also transmitted via TLS and cannot be observed by third parties in transit.
Disclosure to Third Parties
To safeguard your privacy, the Pale Moon Sync Service is
purposely designed so that the amount of data that we have access to is
extremely limited, either by encryption, cryptographic hashing, or by
not collecting it in the first
place. This is why User Data and your password and recovery key are
either encrypted before being sent to our servers or not sent to our
servers at all. This is also why we don’t collect other information at
all like your name or phone number.
No legal or governmental entity will be able to access User Data that is sent to us by using the Pale Moon Sync Service by design. While we will comply with any official request for User Data as outlined in the previous paragraph as part of due process, this User Data cannot be decrypted, analyzed or used without your key and will therefore be useless to any entity requesting this data unless they also obtain the key from you.
It is your responsibility as a user to keep your recovery key
safe to prevent access to your User Data by third parties.
What Data is Analyzed by us?
We will only use Usage Statistics to understand your use of the Pale Moon Sync Service.
How Are the Usage Statistics Used?
We will use the Usage Statistics gathered through the operation of the Pale Moon Sync Service as part of normal operation of the Pale Moon Sync servers. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, we will be able to improve users’ experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use.
Where is the Operational Data Available?
Operational data is considered part of the internal
administrative tasks of running the service and will not be made
public, nor shared with anyone outside of the organization structure
providing you with the Service.
How to Disable or Opt-Out of Pale Moon Sync
If at any time, you decide you no longer want to have the Pale Moon Sync Service, you may disable the use of it from the Pale Moon preferences window.
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