Does Vivaldi tracks its users and collect their data?



  • Hello, I would like to know does Vivaldi and all of its components track its users and collect their data with or without them knowing? I would like for one of devs to answer this question. [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/OM1hiyX.jpg[/IMG]





  • @The_Solutor:

    https://vivaldi.com/privacy/

    That can't be right. That's too short and easy to read.



  • @Ayespy:

    @The_Solutor:

    https://vivaldi.com/privacy/

    That can't be right. That's too short and easy to read.

    I translated it for the future Italian subsection, so I had to read it very carefully.

    I was really amazed about what was written there. ;)

    For a comparison this is the W10 privacy statement (pretty complicated and scary)

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-privacy-statement

    And this is from google

    http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/



  • @The_Solutor:

    https://vivaldi.com/privacy/

    That doesnt really say much..



  • @TwistedFate:

    That doesnt really say much..

    That's the good news !



  • But the text in the link is only about privacy on the Vivaldi website.

    Since the OP asked about "Vivaldi and all of its components", I am guessing that the OP was wondering about privacy in the Vivaldi browser software.



  • I am not so convinced; Posted This :-
    Can anyone else add to this experience:-
    I have just started receiving 'dubious', un-solicited emails, referencing vivaldi.
    This IS new, has anyone else experienced this?
    Is there 'information leakage' occurring?
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    Dovelove 15 minutes ago
    Ditto here have no idea if so but lately have been getting a ton of same. I blocked IP addresses then had to go to URL because they started using *.party, *.win, *.domnload on and on.
    After years of using opera 12.xxx, NEVER had this experience, yet the e-mail messages alluded to vivaldi.



  • I'm not convinced either. I heard about the product and am checking it out. I won't use Chrome because Google makes the NSA look like it cares about our privacy. Vivaldi seems to be based on an advertising model, so they do need to sell our information.

    Along with their basic privacy statement, I also found http://info.vivaldi.rocks/privacy-policy/. This seems to be their ad software and I'm not sure how we'd avoid using them. They clearly say they'll sell our personal information.

    Anyone have any clear way to address that? If not, I'll stick to Firefox, regardless of its performance problems.



  • Jon said the only data Vivaldi collects is usage data - ie:
    What version do you have installed
    What platform are you on

    And that's not personally identifiable. It just provides baseline data as to user numbers.

    That's it. A couple of their search partners, in order to allow Vivaldi to contract with them, REQUIRE the Speed Dial and default search links to go through their advertising partner gateways on the way to the actual search or company page. This is easily disabled by removing the shortcuts that come pre-installed and installing your own shortcut direct to the destination. Bing and Yahoo, for instance, make Vivaldi use proprietary links. OK. Remove those links and install your own. That's it. The browser itself is not spying on you, and you can eliminate data-harvesting (via persistent cookies on your system) gateways and use your own.



  • @Ayespy:

    Jon said the only data Vivaldi collects is usage data - ie:
    What version do you have installed
    What platform are you on

    And that's not personally identifiable. It just provides baseline data as to user numbers.

    That's it. A couple of their search partners, in order to allow Vivaldi to contract with them, REQUIRE the Speed Dial and default search links to go through their advertising partner gateways on the way to the actual search or company page. This is easily disabled by removing the shortcuts that come pre-installed and installing your own shortcut direct to the destination. Bing and Yahoo, for instance, make Vivaldi use proprietary links. OK. Remove those links and install your own. That's it. The browser itself is not spying on you, and you can eliminate data-harvesting (via persistent cookies on your system) gateways and use your own.

    Interesting, thanks.

    But since Vivaldi uses the same engine from Chrome, Vivaldi developers have cut the connection with Google servers too? I remember one of the strong reason Iron Browser used to be popular it's because they totally cut the connection with Google Servers in their browser. Vivaldi does this too?


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    @Gaim:

    But since Vivaldi uses the same engine from Chrome, Vivaldi developers have cut the connection with Google servers too? I remember one of the strong reason Iron Browser used to be popular it's because they totally cut the connection with Google Servers in their browser. Vivaldi does this too?

    Chromium is open source. Chrome obviously sends data to Google but Chromium engine doesn't. Do you really think browser developers would use if Chromium does it?



  • There's no connection to Google servers in the Chromium engine.



  • Great browser. I have used it as one of my main-browsers for some time now.

    I'm curious, what could be this:

    When I use Vivaldi and for instance post in forums (especially forums with flash engine for the editor) and I put off the browser, there remains a lot of activity in memory without anything happening in the pc.
    In a taskmanager I see not all of the browser is switched of at that moment. When I do this myself in the taskmanager the memory-activity stops. The the pc is quiet again.

    It also has te do with the startpage, also when in use an own homepag instead of the startpage. Maybe Flash?

    For the moment for the most of my work I'm back on Chromium, which is very quiet in memory.
    But I like Vivaldi. B)

    Btw. while I'm writing this I see the memory-consumption again. :blink:
    I'm almost sure that it is pepperflash in Linux. The phenomena is gone when I kill it in the taskmanager.

    Can I do something against it? (The best would be the browser stops it when it is no more needed. Also after quitting the browser.) :)



  • I have deleted all data web-history, cookies etc. en the startpage-items and I do the homepage. I kept 'reporting diagnostics'.
    Since yesterday-night I haven't seen the memory- and disk-activity anymore.
    So maybe it is solved.. B)


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  • @Dr.Flay:

    If you have concerns you should already be blocking and avoiding everything that you don't want.
    http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman
    https://www.eff.org/privacybadgerhttps://www.eff.org/privacybadger
    https://disconnect.me
    https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
    http://far.whochan.com/wlog.cgi/ContentBlockHelper
    http://moisesplima.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/redirect-bypasser.html

    Oh, that is not the point, Dr. Flay. I have a new machine, was installing OS's and I had some trouble with it because of that memory/disk activity. And this was the place to communicate about what a beautiful new browser does under the hood. See topic. ;)



  • There was a Vivaldi browser update. And I have cleaned up here.
    Now when I quit Vivaldi (Pepper)flash is switched off. Problem over. Thanks! B)


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