Bright Browser Privacy Notice

Last modified: October 16, 2019

Learn how to control the information that's collected, stored, and shared when you use the Bright Browser browser on your computer. Although this policy describes features that are specific to Bright, any personal information that is provided to Bright will be used and protected in accordance with the Bright Privacy Policy, as changed from time to time.

Details about the Privacy Notice

In this Privacy Notice, we use the term "Bright" to refer to our browser. We change this Privacy Notice from time to time.

Table of contents:

  • Basic browser mode
  • Managing users in Bright
  • Privacy practices of using apps, extensions, and other add-ons
  • More information

Basic browser mode

The basic browser mode stores information locally on your system. This information might include:

  • Browsing history information. For example, Bright stores the URLs of pages that you visit, a cache of text, images and other resources from those pages, and, if the network actions prediction feature is turned on, a list of some of the IP addresses linked from those pages.
  • Personal information and passwords, to help you fill out forms or sign in to sites you visit.
  • A list of permissions that you have granted to websites.
  • Cookies or data from websites that you visit.
  • Data saved by add-ons.
  • A record of what you downloaded from websites.

You can manage this information in several ways:

  • You can delete your browsing history information.
  • You can manage or delete stored browsing data from the Cookies and Site Data dialog.
  • You can stop Bright from accepting cookies.
  • You can review stored passwords in Bright settings.
  • You can view and manage your stored Autofill information.

How Bright handles your information

  • Information for website operators

    Sites that you visit using Bright will automatically receive standard log information, including your system’s IP address and data from cookies.

  • Location

    To get more geographically relevant information, Bright gives you the option to share your location with a site. Bright won't allow a site to access your location without your permission. Bright doesn't have control over third-party websites or their privacy practices, so be cautious when sharing your location with a website.

  • Search prediction service

    To help you find information faster, Bright uses the prediction service provided by your default search engine to offer likely completions to the text you are typing. When you search using the address bar in Bright, the characters you type (even if you haven’t hit "enter" yet) are sent to your default search engine.

  • Navigation assistance

    When you can’t connect to a web page, you can get suggestions for alternative pages similar to the one you're trying to reach. In order to offer you suggestions, Bright sends Bright the URL of the page you're trying to reach.

  • Autofill and password management

    In order to improve Bright’s Autofill and password management services, Bright sends a third-party provider, anonymous information about the web forms that you encounter or submit while Autofill or password management is enabled, including a hashed URL of the web page and details of the form's structure.

  • Language.

    In order to customize your browsing experience based on the languages that you prefer to read, Bright will keep a count of the most popular languages of the sites you visit. This language preference will be sent to Bright to customize your experience in Bright.

Identifiers in Bright

Bright includes a number of unique and non-unique identifiers necessary to power features and functional services. For example, if you use push messaging, an identifier is created in order to deliver notices to you. Where possible, we use non-unique identifiers and remove identifiers when they are no longer needed. Additionally, the following identifiers help us develop, distribute, and promote Bright, but are not directly related to a Bright feature.

  • Installation tracking.

    Each copy of the Windows desktop version of the Bright browser includes a temporary randomly generated installation number when you install and first use Bright. This temporary identifier helps us estimate the number of installed browsers, and will be deleted the first time Bright updates.

  • Promotion tracking.

    In order to help us track the success of promotional campaigns, Bright generates a unique alias when you first run and use the browser. In addition, if you received or reactivated your copy of the desktop version of the Bright browser as part of a promotional campaign and Bright is your default search engine, then searches from the omnibox will include a non-unique promotional tag.

Incognito mode and guest mode

You can limit the information Bright stores on your system by using incognito mode or guest mode. In these modes, Bright won't store certain information, such as:

Basic browsing history information like URLs, cached page text, or IP addresses of pages linked from the websites you visit

Snapshots of pages that you visit

Records of your downloads, although the files you download will still be stored elsewhere on your computer or device

How Bright handles your incognito or guest information

  • Cookies.

    Bright won't share existing cookies with sites you visit in incognito or guest mode. Sites may deposit new cookies on your system while you are in these modes, but they'll only be stored and transmitted until you close the last incognito or guest window.

  • Browser configuration changes.

    When you make changes to your browser configuration, like bookmarking a web page or changing your settings, this information is saved. These changes are not affected by incognito or guest mode.

  • Permissions.

    Permissions you grant in incognito mode are not saved to your existing profile.

  • Profile information.

    In incognito mode, you will still have access to information from your existing profile, such as suggestions based on your browsing history and saved passwords, while you are browsing. In guest mode, you can browse without seeing information from any existing profiles.

Managing Users in Bright

Managing users for personal Bright use

You can set up personalized versions of Bright for users sharing one device or computer. Note that anyone with access to your device can view all the information in all profiles. To truly protect your data from being seen by others, use the built-in user accounts in your operating system.

Privacy practices of apps, extensions, and other add-ons

You can use apps, extensions, and other add-ons with Bright, including some that may be preinstalled or integrated with Bright. Add-ons developed and provided by Bright may communicate with Bright servers and are subject to the Bright Privacy Policy unless otherwise indicated. Add-ons developed and provided by others are the responsibility of the add-on creators and may have different privacy policies.

Managing add-ons

Before installing an add-on, you should review the requested permissions. Add-ons can have permission to do various things, like:

  • Store, access, and share data stored locally
  • View and access content on websites you visit
  • Use notifications that are sent through Bright servers

Bright can interact with add-ons in a few different ways:

  • Checking for updates
  • Downloading and installing updates
  • Sending usage indicators to Bright about the add-ons

Server Log Privacy Information

Like most websites, our servers automatically record the page requests made when you visit our sites. These "server logs" typically include your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.

More information

Information that Bright receives when you use Bright Browser is used and protected under the Bright Privacy Policy. Information that other website operators and add-on developers receive, including cookies, is subject to the privacy policies of those websites.

Bright adheres to several self regulatory frameworks, including the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. The Bright affiliate listed as provider of the Bright service in the Bright Browser Terms of Service shall be the data controller responsible for your information and responsible for processing your information and complying with applicable privacy laws.

Key Terms

Cookies

A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the site again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. You can configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.