How Yandex Browser uses data from users

Note. To secure your data and keep search queries and site visits secret, follow these general recommendations for protecting your personal information.

Below is a list of situations in which Yandex Browser collects and sends data to Yandex servers. All data collected by Yandex Browser is processed by Yandex according to the terms of the Privacy Policy and License Agreement.

From this article you can find out:

  • Which data Yandex Browser collects
  • Why Yandex needs this data
  • How to disable the sending of data to a server
  1. Which data Yandex Browser collects
  2. Report a problem or ask a question

Which data Yandex Browser collects

Yandex Browser sends data to the server to:

  1. Solve technical issues such as increasing the data transfer speed or provide protection from viruses.
  2. Collect statistics on browser usage.
  3. Debug and resolve user problems.
  1. Data required to operate indivual features
  2. Statistics and crash reports

Data required to operate indivual features

The lists below describe the types of data transferred according to the corresponding features of Yandex Browser.

Tableau
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Site addresses added to Tableau Tableau creates its representation of a site based on both the site's favicon and its main color. Manually delete sites from Tableau and the site addresses will be deleted.
Location Set of widgets that appear when opening Tableau for the first time which vary depending on your location. Data is sent once when you first launch Yandex Browser. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
tablet technical specifications (model, operating system, screen size) To make it convenient for Tableau to be used on different device models. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
Search
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Unique user identifier To take into account user's personal preferences when searching. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. In order to not send this data, you can change the default search engine. Your data will not be sent to Yandex, but it may be collected by another search engine.
Computer interface language Responses to search query are selected in this language.
Other data used when searching To improve the quality of search.
Image search
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
A photo or drawing by you if you ask Yandex to find similar images. To search for similar images for a given sample. This feature cannot function without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use image search.
Search suggestions
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Unique user identifier To take into account user's personal preferences. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. In order to not send this data, you can change the default search engine. Your data will not be sent to Yandex, but it may be collected by another search engine.
tablet interface language Responses to search query are selected in this language.
tablet location List of suggestions depends on the location (for example, when searching for “museums”, the browser will suggest major museums in your region).
Characters entered into the SmartBox List of suggestions adjusts according to the characters you enter.
Previous search queries Helps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
Clicks on links in search results Helps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
Bookmarks If your bookmarks have pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
History If you have visited pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
Zen
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Unique user and device identifiers To take into account user's personal preferences.
Disable the Zen recommendations feed:
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to the Yandex.Zen section.
  3. Enable the Show recommendations feed option.
tablet interface language Recommendations are selected in this language.
tablet location Recommendations are selected depending on the location.
  1. History
  2. Ratings of recommendations in Zen.
  3. Reading time of articles.
  4. Frequency of feed views, length of time spent viewing feed.
  5. Sources the user is interested in and those the user has blocked.
To more accurately configure the recommendations feed to your interests.
Translation
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Address of open page To determine language. This feature cannot function without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use translation in the browser.
Text of open page Translate page into another language.
Turbo mode
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Internet connection speed. To automatically enable or disable Turbo mode.
To disable Turbo mode:
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Tap Turbo Mode.
  3. Move the switch to the Disable position.
Addresses and contents of open HTTP pages. Pages are opened via Yandex servers to reduce their size before being sent to your computer.
Ad blocking
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Addresses of pages that you have reported. To improve the filtering of advertising.
To disable ad filtering:
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Tap Ad blocking in Content blocking.
  3. Disable the Offensive ad blocker and Intrusive ad blocking options.
Protect
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Prefix of address of open page To block pages containing malware. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
Information about downloaded file To check files for the presence of malware.
Address and contents of open pages. To secure data over public Wi-Fi networks.
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Turn off the Secure your connection while using non-secure Wi-Fi networks option.
Syncing
Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent
Authorization data on Yandex (email address or social network authorization data). To sync data between your devices and recover data when devices are broken or lost.
To disable syncing:
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Select Syncing.
  3. Click Disable syncing.

You can also be selective in what data you choose to sync.

Tableau
Bookmarks
Encrypted passwords
Autofill data
Open tabs

Statistics and crash reports

In addition to information necessary for the operation of certain Yandex Browser functions, crash reports and anonymized usage statistics are also sent to a server.

Type of data Reason(s) for sending How to disable data being sent

In addition to reporting feedback to the browser's support service, other information sent is:

  1. tablet technical specifications (model, platform,operating system version).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Unique user identifier.
  4. tablet location and interface language.
For localization and troubleshooting. Contacting the support service without this data is not possible. If you do not want to send this data then do not contact the support service.
Crash reports are sent to the server if the browser or individual components close unexpectedly. To detect errors and debug the browser. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.

Statistical data:

  1. tablet technical specifications (model, platform,operating system version).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Unique user identifier.
  4. tablet location and interface language.
  5. Navigation statistics.
  6. User clicks on pages.
  7. User requests.
  8. Opened video and audio files.
  9. Changes to browser settings.
  10. Browser processes that are running.
  11. Cookie files (for example, cookies that determine your location).
  12. Other statistical data (user actions, HTTP referrer, etc.).
To collect Yandex Browser usage statistics.
Attention. Data is sent in an anonymized form and is used by the Yandex Browser team to analyze statistics in aggregate. The collection of statistics does not threaten the security of your personal data.

To disable the sending of statistics:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Scroll down to More settings.
  3. Turn off Help improve browser.

Report a problem or ask a question

If you have not found the answer to your question or you wish to report a problem, then please contact the Yandex Browser support service.