HomeMy privacy DNS
cliqz.com is privacy violation via MyOffrz tracking and Telemetry
The technology behind MyOffrz is a part of the Cliqz Browser

If you have been visiting the T691: cliqz.com and got the lured impression that they are into protecting your privacy, you are dead wrong. They are owned by at least two ad-marketing bureaus T692: burdadirect.com and T693: adtechfactory.com

image.png (475×1 px, 49 KB)

The company behind cliqz browser Burda Media¹ have in the present used Firefox for collecting US users browser habits without notify them of this = Spyware². (For documentation: https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/06/mozilla-to-launch-firefox-cliqz-experiment-with-data-collecting/)

Now let's have a look in the "privacy" statement

¹ Burda Media is one of the biggest media companies in Europe
² https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/privacy/archive/firefox-cliqz/2018-06/

Targeted offers and privacy with MyOffrz

The technology behind T694: myoffrz.com is a part of the Cliqz Browser and works solely on the user’s device. Among other things, it analyzes which websites the user visits and what the user has searched previously for on the Internet. This provides the basis for determining potential purchase intent. MyOffrz (T694) doesn’t send any information whatsoever to a server that identifies individual users. Instead, it sends out only anonymous and purely statistical data.

Campaigns developed in collaboration with our business clients are always tied to particular trigger rules. This means that various rules (e.g. when, then, and, or, not at all) are used to define specific requirements that must be met before a relevant offer is displayed in a user’s browser. The entire process of verifying the extent to which the governing requirements have been met is also carried out locally on the device itself – nowhere else.

All offers are sent in advance to all available browsers and add-ons, where they remain in the background until they are called up. The right offer is activated and displayed in the browser at the right moment only when the user’s behavior corresponds to the previously defined trigger rules and other additional requirements. All offers are sent in advance to all available browsers and add-ons, where they remain in the background until they are called up. The right offer is activated and displayed in the browser at the right moment only when the user’s behavior corresponds to the previously defined trigger rules and other additional requirements.

== Strictly (NON-)anonymous data that is collected by Cliqz
To maintain and improve our search technology and browsing experience, Cliqz does collect strictly anonymous data from you using Cliqz through three channels: telemetry (signals about your system and usage data), atomic units of query logs (query-URL required to improve the search results from the Cliqz backend), and Human Web (statistical data that are used to detect websites to add to the Cliqz-index and assess their relevance and safety). At no occasion is any PII collected from any of these channels. In fact, we break URL and search down to atomic units that make even the connection between two data points (as harmless as they individually might be) impossible, and hence makes it impossible for us, or any other entity that might gain access to the data, to build a user profile by aggregating all your data points. Such profiles are technically impossible because different data points have no key which would allow aggregating or connecting them. In detail:

  1. Telemetry Cliqz logs signals about your system and how you use Cliqz (telemetry) solely to operate and for further development. In this channel, two kinds of data are collected:
    1. For statistical purposes, Cliqz logs the following information about the system environment it is run on:
      • The current state and characteristics of the Cliqz software. This is all software versioning information of Cliqz, plus the information when and through which distribution channel Cliqz has been installed. We use this information to identify and associate potential bugs with specific versions that we provide either on our premises or to distribution partners.
      • A system profile identifier: this is a fully anonymized tag that allows us to improve Cliqz’ search experience through long-term studies by recognizing a given system environment. The identifier is never (not even at browser level) connected to any information about your online behavior, e.g., websites you visit or searches you make.
    2. Structural usage data Structural usage data collected through the telemetry channel is used to improve the experience you have when using Cliqz’ search. This is statistical data about HOW you perform searches (i.e. the way you interact with Cliqz), but not WHAT searches you perform.

      N.B.: As these Cliqz data sets contain no personally identifiable details and are not combined with any, it is impossible to draw any conclusions about users’ online behavior.

The falsesum

From there own gist https://gist.github.com/solso/423a1104a9e3c1e3b8d7c9ca14e885e5 we cleary sees how they are identifying you by device.

user=XXX, queries={'firefox hq address','facebook cristina grillo'}

The user=XXX is statically bound to your browser and device. They now knows exactly what, who searches for and when, they are building a personally identifying database on you to sell the date to the MyOffrz tracking and Adware which is the primulas motor in this "Project", distributing ads throughout telemetry data collection and personal identification.

The amendment from devs

If we take a look in the history book, we'll see that the development team behind Cliqs are doing a lot to obtain your identifying data. Here is a couple of quotes and link

We are the first interested in not collecting any private data. If we had that intention, we would just be a collect-all-you-can service. It seems that being honest, responsible and transparent is actually detrimental, sad. A lot of work to protect the privacy of the users, to be accused [falsely] of violating it, double sad.
Why we collect data:

PS: You should read the entire ticket.

Conclusion

The real deal behind is not a safer more privacy enhanced browser experience, it all about keeping your habits for them self to manipulate you to buy useless stuff, manipulate your political opinion and other non-democratic stuff.

Written by Spirillen on May 14 2020, 7:06 PM.
Admin
Projects
Subscribers
None

Event Timeline