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We respect your privacy

You own your data

We never sell or share your data or search history with anyone, ever.

Your Searches are Safe

No personal profile is created based on your search activity. All searches are anonymized.

Everything is Encrypted

All your searches are encrypted to prevent anyone from eavesdropping.

You are in control of your data

We want you to be able to search the Internet without worries. With Blumble, we offer you an Internet search engine that has made the protection of your privacy and the security of your data its guiding principle. We believe that your data belongs to you alone. As a social business, we are committed to the common good and not primarily to profit-driven external investors. We place the protection of your privacy at the center of our actions.

Have more questions?

See the answers to the most common questions people have about their privacy

We do not, and never will, share or sell any data we collect ourselves with any third party. Also, no third party that is not directly involved in answering your search request will ever have access to your search data.

For all data we collect ourselves, we take data protection very seriously and take many steps to ensure it is safe and anonymous. For example:

  • We remove parts of the IP address when we store it so they become anonymous. For example 192.168.152.223 becomes 192.168.XXX.XXX
  • We do not use unique event fingerprinting
  • We send all data collected from Blumble services over an SSL-secured connection
  • We store all analytics data in an highly encrypted database
  • We only keep fully anonymised search data after 7 days

 

If you have “Do Not Track” enabled in your browser settings we do not collect any analytics data. Most other websites ignore this setting – we think users should have a choice.

We only allow connections to our search engine over a secured SSL/HTTPS connection. This way no one between you and Blumble can secretly listen in on your searches.

Blumble’s servers are located around the world in order to provide a fast response no matter where you are. However, when you perform a search on Blumble, your request will generally be routed to the server that is geographically nearest to you.

At Blumble, we want to make sure our users have the best search experience possible. We collect data and do statistical analysis to understand user behavior and trends, how people use our services, and to monitor, troubleshoot, and improve Blumble. We might, for example, use it to decide which new feature to build next.

We also save the searches we receive to filter spam. Unfortunately there is a lot of spam search requests and this allows us to block them. If we would not block spam it would cost us money and resources to answer these search requests.

After 7 days we remove all personal information (like the IP address) from the search data. This way we make 100% sure that we have no way of knowing who searched for what and also no way of connecting different searches to each other or creating any kind of profiles.

Additionally, we collect anonymous data to help identify and fix bugs and issues in Blumble products and services. This data for example includes log data collected by our servers or data related to program crashes and exceptions.

A cookie is a small text file that the website you visit sends to your computer. Blumble uses cookies to store your settings, so we know in which language to show you this page for example.

Information stored in our cookies include:

  • Your country and language settings
  • Whether or not you have installed an extension
  • The value of your search counter
  • Your adult filter settings
  • The timestamp of your last search
  • Your Bing Client ID (if enabled)
  • If you have interacted with certain features before, to for example show you that you have unread notifications
  • In some cases which way you have found out about Blumble
  • In some cases an identifier for our own anonymous usage data, for example to know how many users we have
  • To determine which version of the page to show you if we are running a test with two different version (A/B test)

We do not store any personal information in the cookie.

After 7 days we remove all personal information (like the IP address) from the search data we collect ourselves. So we don’t know what you have searched for.

We will never share your searches with anyone except services that are directly involved in answering your search request, like Bing and Google Analytics. We also actively prevent “Search Leakage”, so none of the sites you visit by clicking on a search result on Blumble know what you searched for.

Please be aware that we can’t influence what third party websites track about you once you have followed a link.

We do work with third parties to answer your search requests. To some of our partners we don’t send your search query or any other information, like the IP address. For example, for our weather results we only send the location we are requesting weather information for. To other partners we have to forward more details in order to answer your search request.

For example, when you do a search on Blumble we forward the following information to our partner, Bing: IP address, user agent string, search term, and some settings like your country and language setting.

Additionally, by default Blumble sets a Bing-specific “Client ID” parameter to improve the quality of your search results. If your browser has “Do Not Track” enabled, we disable the “Client ID” automatically.

Bing automatically anonymizes your Blumble search history and unique identifier after 4 days. For more information on how Bing handles your data see their privacy policy.

Like other search engines, we do display search ads next to the search results. When users click on these ads we earn income, which we use for tree planting. We can display these advertisements while still being privacy friendly.

We work with ad networks, like Google Ads, to show ads based on your search query. When you do a search and ads are displayed next to the search results no data is collected or shared with the advertiser.

Blumble is a “privacy friendly” search engine. We take user privacy very seriously.

By using Blumble (instead of for example Google) you drastically reduce the amount of data that is collected about you. At Blumble, we don’t create personal profiles of you, but anonymize all searches after 7 days. Google has lots of other services (Android, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Analytics being used on other websites etc.), which means they can combine data from a lot of sources and create a detailed profile of you to show you personalized search results and advertisements.

There are only a few search engines with their own web index – for example Google, Bing, Yandex and Baidu. Most other general web search engines cooperate and share data with these companies in some form. We currently work with Bing and are very transparent about what we share with them.

Beyond that, no search engine can ever provide perfect protection of your search data, because other parties – like your network provider or browser for example – might still be able to access some of your data. In order to protect your identity and data even more, we recommend checking out security tools like VPNs and services like TOR.

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