Effective January 2020
1. Hide My Searches does not track search history in any user identifiable way.
The most popular search engines create search profiles of specific users in order to retarget ads based on those search queries as the user navigates the internet. Hide My Searches does not track your search history in any user identifiable way.
2. Hide My Searches does not retain server logs.
Hide My Searches does not use tracking tools or maintain logs that compromise your privacy.
3. Hide My Searches prevents your ISP from tracking your search terms.
Some search engines do not encrypt your queries, which means your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can intercept and access them and connect them to your web and/or cable account. When you use Hide My Searches, your search queries are encrypted so that your ISP cannot read them.
4. Hide My Searches does not associate your searches from your online accounts.
Hide My Searches completely disconnects your searches from being tied to your email accounts and social profiles.
5. Hide My Searches helps hide your search history on your device.
Hide My Searches uses proprietary technology to hide you search history from others who may use your device after you search. This may save you from some embarrassing situations.
6. More Information.
We store aggregated search data and error log data to improve product performance, but never store IP addresses or unique user identifiers in connection with such data in order to ensure that none of the information collected in connection with your search activity is personally identifiable information (as such term is commonly understood in the United States without reference to any applicable state laws).
When using a browser extension built by Hide My Searches, we collect the extension version, browser user agent, url referrer, extension platform identifier, and a setting for if remote searches should be encrypted. As part of encryption within the extension, the encryption version date, encryption key, and an expiring encryption search token are stored locally.
In some circumstances, we may append an affiliate code to certain sites linked to our Hide My Searches product, either directly or through search results delivered to you. In doing so, we may collect a small commission in connection with your activity, but do not pass any of your personally identifiable information to any such third party sites. We do not utilize any third party to assist us with appending such affiliate code and we do not work with any third party site that collects personally identifiable information in connection with our participation in such affiliate programs. As such, no personally identifiable information is shared from our Hide My Searches product and the only information that is collected is product information that is not relatable to any particular end user and we do not retain such information in any case.
To the extent you provide us with feedback, we may store your email address if you provide it (but you are not required to do so).
To the extent we receive any legally binding request to comply with a court order or applicable law, we will share the information requested of us to the extent we have it, but, as noted above, we would expect this information to be very limited and likely of little use given our limited information collection.
To the extent we receive any legally binding request to comply with a court order or applicable law, we will share the information requested of us to the extent we have it, but, as noted above, we would expect this information to be very limited and likely of little use given our default settings.
Hide My Searches is not intended for children under the age of 13 (under 16 in the EEA). You are prohibited from using Hide My Searches if you are under the age of 13 (under 16 in the EEA). While we do not knowingly collect information, including personally identifiable information, from children under the age of 13 (under 16 in the EEA), in the event that we learn that we have collected personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13 (under 16 in the EEA), we will promptly delete it, unless legally required to retain such data. Please contact us immediately if you believe that we have mistakenly or unintentionally collected information from a child under the age of 13 (under 16 in the EEA). Additionally, we comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act; for more information the Act and children's privacy, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
We make no representation and/or warranty that Hide My Searches is appropriate, legal or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. If you choose to access and use Hide My Searches, such access and use is of your own initiative and at your own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations. We may limit access to Hide My Searches, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion.
Individuals located in certain countries, including the European Economic Area (EEA), have certain statutory rights in relation to their personally identifiable information. If you are a resident of the EEA, subject to any exemptions provided by law, you may have the right to request access to your personally identifiable information that we retain, as well as to seek to update, delete or correct this personally identifiable information. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact gdpr@HideMySearches.com. While we may be able to provide you access to your personally identifiable information in some cases, there is no guarantee we will be able to provide access in all circumstances. In circumstances where we are unable to verify your identity or are required to retain such information in accordance with applicable laws, we may not be able to modify or remove your personally identifiable information. We will remove your personally identifiable information in accordance with applicable law.
To the extent that our processing of your personally identifiable information is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), the Company relies on your consent. If we have collected and process your personally identifiable information with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at gdpr@HideMySearches.com.
EEA residents have the right to restrict the Company's use of your personally identifiable information and lodge a complaint with your local data protection authorities, subject to applicable law. If you are a resident of the EEA and believe we maintain your personally identifiable information within the scope of the GDPR, you may direct question or complaints to us at gdpr@HideMySearches.com.
If you are a resident of California, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) provides you with certain additional rights, including the right:
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To opt-out of Hide My Searches from selling any of the information it collects about you to third parties and to delete all such information, Hide My Searches offers an "Opt-Out" Option, which can be accessed by emailing us at CCPA@HideMySearches.com.
Additionally, Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83 (the "Shine The Light" law), California residents may request from Search Encrypt a list of the personally identifiable information (if any) that Hide My Searches has disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during in the preceding calendar year, this includes the names and addresses of such third parties. Requests may be made only one time per year. These requests are free of charge. To make a request, please contact us at CCPA@HideMySearches.com and note that we are not able to accept requests through the telephone, mail or by facsimile. We cannot be responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly or that do not have complete information. In the body of such request, you must put the statement "Your California Privacy Rights", as well as your name, street address, city, state and zip code and you must provide enough information for us to determine if this applies to you. Additionally, you must attest to the fact that you are a California resident and provide a current California address.