SnowdenVPN is committed to protecting your privacy. We want you to understand what information we collect, what we don't collect, and how we collect, use, and store information. We do not collect logs of your activity, including no logging of browsing history, traffic destination, data content, or DNS queries. We also never store connection logs, meaning no logs of your IP address, your outgoing VPN IP address, connection timestamp, or session duration.
Our guiding principle toward data collection is to collect only the minimal data required to operate a world-class VPN service at scale. We designed our systems to not have sensitive data about our customers; even when compelled, we cannot provide data that we do not possess.
Table of contents
- General Information
- Personal Information
- Aggregate Apps and VPN Connection Summary Statistics
- Storing of Information Related to Email, Live Chat, and Feedback Forms
- Third-Party Websites
- Consent and Age Restrictions
- Users in the European Union
- How to Contact SnowdenVPN
SnowdenVPN collects four types of information:
(i) Information related to your account ("personal information")
This information is collected for the purpose of administering your SnowdenVPN subscription and includes your name, email address, and payment information, which you submit on our order page when you subscribe for the Services.
(ii) Aggregate Apps and VPN connection summary statistics
SnowdenVPN collects minimal information about usage in order to maintain excellent customer support and quality of service. The section below specifies in detail what information we collect. These statistics never include anything about what the user did with the VPN: no data about the contents or destinations of VPN traffic, no DNS queries, and no IP addresses.
(iii) (User-controlled option): Anonymous VPN connection diagnostics and crash reports
VPN connection diagnostics are anonymized and cannot be tied back to individual SnowdenVPN users. This feature is similar to a "send bug report" option. Users can specify in the settings menu of any SnowdenVPN App whether to send these data to us.
(iv) Only for users who choose to use the MediaStreamer service: IP addresses authorized to use MediaStreamer
Separately from VPN services, we also provide our optional MediaStreamer service for devices such as Apple TV that do not support VPNs. Users who opt in to using MediaStreamer can choose to register specific IP addresses that should be authorized to use the service; these IP addresses are only used by SnowdenVPN to provide the optional MediaStreamer service and not for any other purpose.
SnowdenVPN collects personal information that you provide to us directly through the Site. We require that you provide personal information, such as an email address and payment information, in order to establish an SnowdenVPN account, and so that we can email you, collect payments from you, and respond to support queries that you initiate. The specific information collected varies depending on the payment method you choose. To minimize the amount of personal information you submit to us, we recommend that you use Bitcoin payments when subscribing to our Service.
SnowdenVPN uses your email address for the following reasons:
- To send emails related to payment transactions.
- To provide links to our Site, including password reset emails.
- To send you updates and announcements.
- To communicate with you about your VPN services or respond to your communications.
- To send marketing information, such as SnowdenVPN offers, surveys, invitations, and content about other matters in connection with SnowdenVPN ("Marketing emails"). You may choose to not receive Marketing emails by following the opt-out procedure described in these emails.
Aggregate Apps and VPN Connection Summary Statistics
We ensure that we never log browsing history, traffic destination, data content, IP addresses, or DNS queries. Therefore:
- We do not know which user ever accessed a particular website or service.
- We do not know which user was connected to the VPN at a specific time or which VPN server IP addresses they used.
- We do not know the set of original IP addresses of a user's computer.
- Should anyone try to compel SnowdenVPN to release user information based on any of the above, we cannot supply this information because the data don't exist.
In order to maintain excellent customer support and quality of service, SnowdenVPN collects the following information related to your VPN usage:
Aggregate sum of data transferred (in MB)
We collect information regarding the total sum of data transferred by a given user. Although we provide unlimited data transfer, if we notice that a single user pushes more traffic than thousands of others combined, thereby affecting the quality of service for other SnowdenVPN users, we may contact that user for an explanation.
We collect minimal usage statistics to maintain our quality of service. We may know, for example, that our customer John had connected to our New York VPN location on Tuesday and had transferred an aggregate of 823 MB of data across a 24-hour period. John can't be uniquely identified as responsible for any specific behavior because his usage pattern overlaps with thousands of other SnowdenVPN customers who also connected to the same location on the same day.
We've engineered our systems to categorically eliminate storage of sensitive data. We may know THAT a customer has used SnowdenVPN, but we never know HOW they have utilized our Service. We stand by our firm commitment to our customers' privacy by not possessing any data related to a user's online activities.
Storing of Information Related to Email, Live Chat, and Feedback Forms
SnowdenVPN keeps records of any correspondence, questions, complaints, or compliments you submit to us through our Site or Services, along with our response. Depending on how you contact SnowdenVPN, we may collect your email address and any additional information you provide to us. Having full correspondence records enables our staff to provide the best possible customer support experience.
We use Crisp platform for support correspondence. When you correspond with us using these platform, your correspondence records, including your name and email address, are stored in their systems. Crisp utilize modern security practices and HTTPS encryption.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file used to store information about your visit to the Site. Cookies let SnowdenVPN optimize and improve the user experience of the Site by helping us deliver certain functionalities, such as website login and language settings. The cookies we use may vary over time as we continuously update and improve our Site.
You are free to change your cookie preferences at any time. You can do this in the settings panel for your browser. Depending on which browser and device you use, you may be able to control which cookies you allow, which cookies you want to block in the future, and delete cookies. For more information about these settings, please refer to the "help" section of your browser. Note that SnowdenVPN's Site may not work as intended if you choose to disable cookies.
The cookies set by SnowdenVPN enable us to set your language preference, attribute visitors to a marketing channel, and, once you log in, securely show you information that is specific to your account. The cookies contain a user identifier, but no directly personally identifying information such as your name or email address, and do not track any activity outside of SnowdenVPN's domains.
SnowdenVPN uses third-party services such as Google Analytics and Adwords. Cookies from such services are used to collect data for statistical reports. For example, we may generate reports regarding the amount of time users spend on the Site and the number of users who visit a particular page.
SnowdenVPN uses Google AdWords remarketing to show advertisements on third-party websites (including Google) to users who have visited our Site. We may show such users advertisements on a Google search results page, or on a site in the Google Display Network.
The Site may contain links to external websites that do not fall under SnowdenVPN's domain. SnowdenVPN is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such external websites.
Consent and Age Restrictions
The Services are intended for adults aged 18 and above.
Users in the European Union
SnowdenVPN is committed to user privacy globally, and our existing practices reflect that through minimal collection of data and ensuring users have control over their personal information. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) requires us to outline those practices in a specific manner for users in the EU.
- For the purposes of fulfilling our contractual obligations to users, including:
- Providing users with the Services and Apps they have requested.
- Managing user subscriptions and processing payments.
- Providing customer support.
- For a legitimate interest associated with the operation of our business, including:
- Enhancing the quality, reliability, and effectiveness of our Site, Services, and Apps.
- Communicating with customers to provide information and seek feedback related to our Services and Apps.
- With the consent of users, which users can withdraw at any time.
You can exercise your rights under the GDPR to access, transfer, correct, delete, or object to the processing of your personal information by contacting us at email@example.com.
How to Contact SnowdenVPN