Brave Browser Sync

Our company does not store any record of people’s browsing history. We don’t write any personal data to the blockchain. The only way a user’s data is stored by Brave is if the user has switched on Rewards or Sync.

Read this document to understand how the Brave Browser uses data.

To learn how we use data to operate our websites, forums, and communications, visit the Website Privacy Policy. To learn how we use data for publishers and creators visit the Publisher Privacy Policy on the Basic Attention Token website.

Brave browser is an open source Chromium based web browser that offers improved privacy with faster web surfing experience. Here is how to set up sync (just like in Firefox sync) when using it to ensure a consistent experience across different devices. Open Brave and click on the three line square at the right to access Sync or type in brave://sync in the address bar. Everything you need to know about Sync. Everything you need to know about Sync.

In this policy “we”, “us”, etc. refers to Brave Software Inc, while “Brave” refers to the browser.

Security & updates

Brave automatically checks with us for updates. This ensures that you always have access to the latest security fixes. We count the number and type of these requests when we receive them to produce aggregate statistics. No particular person’s information can be identified in the statistics we produce.

You can also update to the latest version here.

Sync

If you switch on Sync then your bookmarks (and soon passwords and other data) will be saved in an encrypted file on a cloud storage service, to which you will have the only decryption key. The data1 are entirely inaccessible to Brave and to the cloud storage provider. Learn how to switch on Sync here.(Note that only Brave version 0.59 and above have the Sync feature. You can update to the latest version here.)

Location

If you use Brave to visit a website that wants to determine your location, you will be asked whether you want it to be allowed to know where you are. If you click yes to this message, then the website will be sent an approximation of where you are based on your IP address. Your IP address will not be stored by Brave, but it may be stored by the website you have visited. See data processing detail.

Brave Rewards

If you switch on Brave Rewards you are assigned a “wallet” identifier by Uphold, our payments partner. We record this identifier on servers operated by Amazon and Heroku (a Salesforce company) in the United States. We take a range of technical and organisational measures to safeguard any personal data including the use of EU standard contractual clauses.

Brave uses your wallet identifier to determine when to send you a monthly gift of attention tokens (BAT). You can disable this in Preferences or Settings.

Tip: you can quickly access settings by copying brave://rewards into your address bar. Learn how Brave Rewards works here.

Each time Brave sends users a monthly gift of BAT it makes a record of their IP addresses that can be analysed to safeguard against fraud. Brave checks to see whether we are currently offering tokens to Brave users. This request includes the identifier of your unique Rewards wallet. See data processing detail.

Even with Brave Rewards enabled, we never collect your browsing history or similar information, and we can’t derive this information from your contributions to content creators and sites. Instead, we aggregate contributions among all Brave users, and we cannot trace contributions to individual users, or link any of your contributions together.

If you verify ownership of your Brave Rewards wallet with Uphold, direct contributions you make will be processed by Uphold as part of your Uphold account. When you make a direct contribution, Brave sends all the details of that transaction to Uphold so that they can execute the transaction. This is subject to Uphold’s privacy policy.

Ads

If you switch on Brave Rewards we automatically enable Brave Ads. This means you will receive ads in the form of notifications and in-browser sponsored content, and Basic Attention Tokens to reward you for viewing those ads. While the categories of ads that you see and when you see them are inferred from your browsing activity, the data are stored on your device and are inaccessible to us. We will receive anonymized confirmations for ads that you have viewed, but no data that identifies you or that can be linked to you as an individual leaves the Brave browser on your device. You can disable Ads by visiting Settings > Brave Rewards > Ads and turning off the Ads default.

In the cases where we collect high-level statistics relating to web activity data (e.g. what are the estimated amount of ads that can be served to different content categories that users encounter as they browse the web) we use proven privacy mechanisms like local differential privacy that guarantee that no information about individual users will ever be revealed to us. Read more about how we achieve this with Privacy Preserving Product Analytics and Private Advertising Analytics. To read more about Brave Ads and privacy have a look at our FAQ.

Brave Today

Brave Today is a private content feed integrated into the browser. While the content is collected from a content server and the content sort order is informed by your recent browsing activity, Brave Today is private and anonymous.

Content for the Brave Today feed is collected securely by your device through a private and encrypted proxy method. The proxy removes IP addresses before passing the encrypted request to the content server which sends the encrypted reply back to the browser through the proxy. The feed is temporarily stored on your device, and it is replaced upon starting or refreshing your Brave Today session. No personal data, behavior activity or browsing history ever leaves the Brave browser on your device. Your Brave Today sessions are not logged or saved. See data processing detail.

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Note: IP addresses are only shared between the user’s browser and the independent proxy which subsequently drops them. At no point does Brave have access to users' IP addresses used for content requests for Brave Today.

Brave Together

Brave Together is a private video conference tool that you can use to call with your friends and colleagues. Nothing that you say or type in the service is logged or saved. See data processing detail.

Note: Your IP address is available to your Internet provider. If your Internet provider requires the use of a TURN server, then your IP address will also be available to a company called 8×8, which operates the TURN server. The content of your call is encrypted between your browser and the Brave server, so your audio and video stay private from intermediaries.

To avoid scams: For the avoidance of phishing attacks, note that we at Brave never contact Brave Browser users in a Together call.

Brave Firewall + VPN on iOS

Users of Brave on iOS can switch on Brave Firewall + VPN. This is operated on Brave’s behalf by Guardian. See data processing detail.

How we improve Brave

Crash reports

When Brave crashes, it creates a report that can be sent to us to help us fix whatever caused the problem. This report contains technical information about your computer system which is typically distinctive. We use a service called Backtrace.io to store them. You can choose whether to send us these reports. Even if you have chosen to send reports in the past, you can turn off future reports in settings.

Privacy Preserving Product Analytics

The Browser sends us anonymous reports to alert us to product problems and necessary improvements. None of the information it reports harms your privacy. The report only describes general use of the Browser, such as a general range of how many extensions are installed, a general range of how many tabs are open, and whether features like Shields, Rewards, and Ads are switched on. See the full list of questions here. These reports are stripped of metadata, and aggregated with measurements reported by many other instances of Brave. The data are not personal, and cannot be combined to identify you. You can deactivate Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics in Settings.

Your feedback

If you write feedback for Brave, we will use this to improve the product. See data processing detail.

Sync

Nightly, Dev, and Beta browser versions

Nightly, Dev, and Beta versions of the Brave Browser are experimental previews of new Brave Browser versions. They allow us to test new features so that we can find and fix errors before releasing a new version of the Brave Browser. These test versions of the Browser may automatically send crash reports to Brave so that we can identify and fix problems. A crash report can contain personal information. See data processing details.

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How to switch this feature off.You can switch off “Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Brave Software” in settings.

Tip: you can quickly access settings by copying brave://settings into your address bar.

These incomplete versions of Brave represent unfinished and untested work on future versions of Brave, and their incomplete behavior may not be adequately described by this policy. More information about the safety & reliability of pre-release versions of Brave can be found in our development documentation.

Location

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To estimate the user’s physical location at the request of a website and with the confirmation of the user.IP address, and information about nearby WiFi access points (MAC address, signal strength, and SSID).Legitimate interest.No storage.

Brave Rewards

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To make and verify (including anti-fraud) Basic Attention Token contributions.IP address at time of claiming a monthly grant of BAT tokens, and Wallet ID (this ID is not tied to what you browse or do because your browsing is kept anonymous by Brave)Necessary for the performance of a contract between us (and necessary for us to provide the requested service)The duration of the user’s account, plus 4 years in order to comply with US Internal Revenue Service requirements.

Brave Today

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To collect content from the server in order to display it for the user.IP addresses.Legitimate interest. The data are used in order to deliver the service, and the risk of the processing of the data is minimal.The duration of the request and response

Brave Together

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To provide the Brave Together video calling service at the request of the user.IP address, chat text, video, and audio Legitimate interest.The user requested the service, and the risk of the processing of the data is minimal.The duration of the call.
To allow users of the Brave Together video calling service to store profile informationprofile photo and nameLegitimate interest. The user requested the service, and the risk of the processing of the data is minimal.The duration of the call. The user’s device stores the data.

Brave Firewall + VPN on iOS

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To verify that the user is a subscriber.Digital receipt from Apple.Necessary for the performance of the contract (to deliver the service) agreed between both the user and Brave.None.
To send an alert to the user when a firewall rule is triggered (a server-side buffer is required when the app is not loaded for some time).Pseudonymous user ID, details of the blocked tracker/firewall rule triggered.Necessary for the performance of the contract (to deliver the service) agreed between both the user and Brave.3 days.
To create private connections.IP address.Necessary for the performance of the contract (to deliver the service) agreed between both the user and Brave.None.
To provide customer support.Personal data that a user may include in the text they write when communicating with Guardian for customer support.Necessary for the performance of the contract (to deliver the service) agreed between both the user and Brave.Indefinite (Guardian).

Brave IPFS Public Gateway

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To allow access to IPFS content when the user cannot access it via a local IPFS nodeIP addressLegitimate interest. The user requested the service, and the risk of the processing of the data is minimal.Indefinite. (Protocol Labs)

Your feedback

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To use feedback sent by users to improve the product.Personal data that a user may include in the text they write when sending feedback through an app store or any other means.Legitimate interest. The user intends for the data to be used for this purpose, and the risk of the processing of the data is minimal.2 years.

Browser testing and research (Nightly, Dev, and Beta versions only)

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To fix problems in the Brave Browser by acting on issues highlighted by crash reports from Beta and Dev versions of the BrowserDevice model, iOS version, language, timezone, CPU architecture, carrier, connection status. Optional: Crash log (crash logs will also be sent if you opted-in when activating iOS) Optional: Comments and screenshots you share if you send feedback through TestFlight.Our interest in testing the product and fixing problems. The data are used in a way that does not negatively affect your rights or interests.Apple retains the data for one year. Brave may retain some crash reports indefinitely, if useful for testing.

Help with privacy settings in Brave

You can find guides on how to change privacy settings in Brave in the Help Center..

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.

We are represented in Europe by Brave Software Europe Ltd (based in the UK). You can contact our data protection officer and the rest of our privacy team at [email protected] However, from the 1st January 2021, given the UK’s exit from the EU, Brave has appointed an EU nominated representative and which you may contact if you would prefer not to contact Brave directly:

Brave EU Nominated Representative
Care of Castlebridge
Unit 7, 12 Mountjoy Square,
Dublin 1
Ireland

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. We hope you’ll find any changes agreeable, but if you’re not comfortable with changes to the info we collect or how we use it, we understand your choice to stop using Brave.

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  1. Data are personal if the data can single a person out (on their own or in combination with other data), without an unlikely degree of effort or expense or technological development. The GDPR definition of “personal data” includes any data that can indirectly contribute to singling out an individual, including unique IDs codes, certain types of IP addresses, and encrypted data that one can decrypt without disproportionate effort. But data that are entirely impossible to access are not personal. ↩︎

Browse Faster

Load pages 3x to 6x faster

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Switching Is Easy

Import and continue where you left off

It’s easy to import your settings from your old browser. You can do it during the welcome tour or later through the menus.

All of your old browser profiles will appear in a list. You can import other browser data through the main menu item called “Import Bookmarks and Settings.”

Give Some Back

Support your favorite sites with Brave Rewards

Turn on Brave Rewards and give a little back to the sites you frequent most. Earn frequent flyer-like tokens (BAT) for viewing privacy-respecting ads through Brave and help fund the content you love

Browsing the web with Brave is free: with Brave Rewards activated, you can support the content creators you love at the amount that works for you.

Brave can automatically distribute your contributions based on how much time you spend on sites. Or, you can choose to tip sites directly, and even offer a fixed monthly tip amount.

All of this works while keeping your browsing history private. Your funds are made available to site owners through an anonymous ledger system, so you can’t be identified based on the sites you visit and support. Over 10,000 publishers and content creators have registered to receive Brave Rewards.

Remember: these contributions are optional – browsing the web with Brave is free.

Browse Safer

Experience unparalleled privacy and security.

Brave fights malware and prevents tracking, keeping your information safe and secure. It’s our top priority.

We’re not in the personal data business.

Our servers neither see nor store your browsing data – it stays private, on your devices, until you delete it. Which means we won’t ever sell your data to third parties.

Customize your shield settings

Choose your settings on a per-site or browser-wide basis. See how many ads and trackers are being blocked by Brave every day on the New Tab Page.

Security meets simplicity

If you’re willing to research, download, and install multiple extensions, and carefully configure and correctly maintain settings in both the browser and extensions, you can match some of Brave’s privacy and security.

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Brave does all that work for you. Simple, right?

Whenever possible using the HTTPS Everywhere list, Brave automatically upgrades to HTTPS for secure, encrypted communications when an ordinary browser would use an insecure connection.

Defaults that matter

Browse confidently with default settings that block phishing, malware, and malvertising. Also, plugins, which have proven to be a security risk, are disabled by default.

Sync your devices bravely

Brave Sync, currently in beta, can be enabled to encrypt and synchronize your preferred settings and bookmarks. However, Brave does not have the keys to decrypt your data.

Our Features

Brave Browser Feature List

Shields

  • Ad blocking
  • Fingerprinting prevention*
  • Cookie control*
  • HTTPS upgrading*
  • Block scripts*
  • Per-site shield settings
  • Configurable global shield defaults

Security

  • Clear browsing data
  • Built-in password manager
  • Form autofill
  • Control content access to full-screen presentation*
  • Control site access to autoplay media
  • Send “Do not track” with browsing requests

Brave Rewards

  • Earn by viewing private ads
  • Tip your favorite creators
  • Contribute monthly to sites
  • Auto-contribute to sites
  • Verify with Uphold and move funds in and out of your wallet
  • Become a verified creator and start earning BAT from tips, contributions and referrals

Tabs & Windows

  • Private Windows
  • Pinned Tabs*
  • Auto-unload*
  • Drag and drop*
  • Duplicate*
  • Close Options
  • Find on page
  • Print page

IPFS Integration

  • Browsing without intermediaries
  • Access content directly from the IPFS network
  • Resolve ipfs:// URIs natively or via a gateway
  • Install a full IPFS node in one click

Address Bar

  • Add Bookmark
  • Autosuggest URLs
  • Search from address bar
  • Autosuggest search terms
  • Show/hide bookmarks toolbar*
  • Show secure or insecure site

Extensions/Plugins

Brave Desktop now supports most of the Chrome extensions in the chrome web store

Brave Firewall + VPN

(paid feature, iOS only)

Unlike many browsers that offer VPNs which mask a user’s IP address, Brave’s Firewall + VPN, powered by Guardian, offers enhanced security and privacy by encrypting and protecting anything users do while connected to the Internet.
Learn more about Brave Firewall + VPN

  • Block trackers across all apps
  • Protects all connections
  • We never share or sell you info
  • VPN server does not know who you are

*Features marked with an asterisk are pending on one or more platforms.

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