How Yandex Browser uses data from users

Note. To secure your data and keep search queries and site visits secret, use Incognito mode and 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 dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Site addresses added to TableauTableau 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.
LocationSet 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.
Computer 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.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Site addresses added to TableauTableau 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.
LocationSet 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.
Computer 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 dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo 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 languageResponses to search query are selected in this language.
Other data used when searchingTo improve the quality of search.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo 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 languageResponses to search query are selected in this language.
Other data used when searchingTo improve the quality of search.
Image search
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow 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.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow 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 dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo 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.
Computer interface languageResponses to search query are selected in this language.
Computer locationList 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 SmartBoxList of suggestions adjusts according to the characters you enter.
Previous search queriesHelps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
Clicks on links in search resultsHelps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
BookmarksIf your bookmarks have pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
HistoryIf you have visited pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo 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.
Computer interface languageResponses to search query are selected in this language.
Computer locationList 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 SmartBoxList of suggestions adjusts according to the characters you enter.
Previous search queriesHelps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
Clicks on links in search resultsHelps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
BookmarksIf your bookmarks have pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
HistoryIf you have visited pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
Navigation
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
External links present on the open page.To more quickly load pages so that the user can navigate to them from the current page.
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Request page data in advance in order to load pages more quickly.
Address of page that does not open because the domain was not found or the server is not responding.For helping with navigation errors.
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
External links present on the open page.To more quickly load pages so that the user can navigate to them from the current page.
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Request page data in advance in order to load pages more quickly.
Address of page that does not open because the domain was not found or the server is not responding.For helping with navigation errors.
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors.
Viewing pages and files
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Office file format which is opened by the user in the browser that is sent to Yandex.Disk.To view and edit MS Office files in the browser.
  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Downloads section, uncheck the box labeled Open office documents in browser (files will loaded to Yandex.Disk).
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Office file format which is opened by the user in the browser that is sent to Yandex.Disk.To view and edit MS Office files in the browser.
  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Downloads section, uncheck the box labeled Open office documents in browser (files will loaded to Yandex.Disk).
Zen
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user and device identifiersTo take into account user's personal preferences.

Disable the Zen recommendations feed:

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. Go to the Appearance section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Show Zen — your personal recommendations feed — in new open tabs.
Computer interface languageRecommendations are selected in this language.
Computer locationRecommendations are selected depending on the location.
  1. Browsing 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.
Similar data from another browser used on the computer.To more accurately configure the recommendations feed to your interests.
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Improve Zen recommendations and ad quality using browser data from:.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user and device identifiersTo take into account user's personal preferences.

Disable the Zen recommendations feed:

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. Go to the Appearance section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Show Zen — your personal recommendations feed — in new open tabs.
Computer interface languageRecommendations are selected in this language.
Computer locationRecommendations are selected depending on the location.
  1. Browsing 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.
Similar data from another browser used on the computer.To more accurately configure the recommendations feed to your interests.
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Uncheck the box labeled Improve Zen recommendations and ad quality using browser data from:.
Translation
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Address of open pageTo determine language.To disable page translation in the browser:
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Languages section, uncheck the box labeled Offer to translate pages that aren't in the same language as the interface.
Text of open pageTranslate page into another language.
Highlighted textTranslate highlighted text into another language.

To disable highlighted text translation:

  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Languages section, uncheck the boxes labeled Offer to translate words and phrases when selected and Translate a word by pointing the cursor at it and pushing the Shift key.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Address of open pageTo determine language.To disable page translation in the browser:
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Languages section, uncheck the box labeled Offer to translate pages that aren't in the same language as the interface.
Text of open pageTranslate page into another language.
Highlighted textTranslate highlighted text into another language.

To disable highlighted text translation:

  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Languages section, uncheck the boxes labeled Offer to translate words and phrases when selected and Translate a word by pointing the cursor at it and pushing the Shift key.
Turbo mode
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Internet connection speed.To automatically enable or disable Turbo mode.
To disable Turbo mode:
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Turbo section.
  3. Set it to Always off.
Addresses and contents of open HTTP pages.Pages are opened via Yandex servers to reduce their size before being sent to your computer.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Internet connection speed.To automatically enable or disable Turbo mode.
To disable Turbo mode:
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Turbo section.
  3. Set it to Always off.
Addresses and contents of open HTTP pages.Pages are opened via Yandex servers to reduce their size before being sent to your computer.
Ad filtering
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Addresses of pages that you have reported.To improve the filtering of advertising.
To disable ad filtering:
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Blocking of inappropriate ads section.
  3. Uncheck the boxes labeled Block offensive ads (Antishock) and Block ads that get in the way when viewing pages.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Addresses of pages that you have reported.To improve the filtering of advertising.
To disable ad filtering:
  1. Click   → Settings .
  2. Go to the Blocking of inappropriate ads section.
  3. Uncheck the boxes labeled Block offensive ads (Antishock) and Block ads that get in the way when viewing pages.
Protect
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Prefix of address of open pageTo block pages containing malware.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. Go to the Protect tab at the top of the page.
  3. In the Protection from malicious files and websites section, uncheck the box labeled Run security checks on websites and downloaded files.
Information about downloaded fileTo check files for the presence of malware.
Information about suspicious pages and files.To block infected pages and files.
Address of page user wants to go to.To encrypt using DNSCrypt.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. Go to the Protect tab at the top of the page.
  3. In the Secure connection section, uncheck the box labeled Use DNS server with DNSCrypt encryption.
Address and contents of open pages.To secure data over public Wi-Fi networks.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. Go to the Security tab at the top of the page.
  3. In the Secure connection section, uncheck the box labeled Secure connections to public Wi-Fi networks.
When entering the number of a payment card, the address of the page with the payment form and the first five digits of the card are sent to a server.To protect the user's payment information.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. In the Protection of personal data section, uncheck the box labeled Protect bank cards from phishing.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Prefix of address of open pageTo block pages containing malware.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. Go to the Protect tab at the top of the page.
  3. In the Protection from malicious files and websites section, uncheck the box labeled Run security checks on websites and downloaded files.
Information about downloaded fileTo check files for the presence of malware.
Information about suspicious pages and files.To block infected pages and files.
Address of page user wants to go to.To encrypt using DNSCrypt.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. Go to the Protect tab at the top of the page.
  3. In the Secure connection section, uncheck the box labeled Use DNS server with DNSCrypt encryption.
Address and contents of open pages.To secure data over public Wi-Fi networks.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. Go to the Security tab at the top of the page.
  3. In the Secure connection section, uncheck the box labeled Secure connections to public Wi-Fi networks.
When entering the number of a payment card, the address of the page with the payment form and the first five digits of the card are sent to a server.To protect the user's payment information.
  1. Click   → Settings
  2. In the Protection of personal data section, uncheck the box labeled Protect bank cards from phishing.
Syncing
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow 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. Click   → Syncing .
  2. In the Syncing section, click the Disable button.

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

Tableau
Bookmarks
Encrypted passwords
Autofill data
Open tabs
Extensions
History
Browser settings
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow 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. Click   → Syncing .
  2. In the Syncing section, click the Disable button.

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

Tableau
Bookmarks
Encrypted passwords
Autofill data
Open tabs
Extensions
History
Browser settings

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 dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent

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

  1. Computer technical specifications (model, IP address, processor, amount of RAM, operating system version, available memory on the hard drive).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Language of Yandex Browser.
  4. Address and screenshot of page in browser where the error occurred.
  5. Unique user identifier.
  6. Computer location
  7. User login on Yandex.
  8. Active browser plugins and extensions.
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. These reports include the following information:
  1. Computer technical specifications (model, processor, amount of RAM, operating system version).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Address of page where the error occurred.
  4. Unique user identifier.
  5. Error code.
  6. Date and time of crash.
To detect errors and debug the browser.
  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, uncheck the box labeled Send crash reports to Yandex.

Statistical data:

  1. Navigation statistics.
  2. User clicks on pages.
  3. User requests.
  4. Device technical specifications (model, platform, operating system version, browser version).
  5. Device region and language.
  6. Opened video and audio files.
  7. Changes to browser settings.
  8. Browser processes that are running.
  9. Cookie files (for example, cookies that determine your location).
  10. 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. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, uncheck the box labeled Send usage statistics to Yandex.
When installing and updating:
  1. Build ID (the build number and service information).
  2. Event ID (installation, update, installaion of a new browser on top of the old one).
  3. Version of browser installed.
  4. Version of browser you are installing.
  5. Operating system version.
  6. Information about the installation or update (file download time, successful or unsuccessful update, etc.)
Troubleshooting problems with installing and timely updating Yandex Browser.It is not possible for the browser to function without this data. If you do not want to send this data, then do not use the browser.
When deleting the browser:
  1. Build ID (the build number and service information).
  2. Browser version.
  3. Operating system version.
To collect statistics on users who have decided to delete the browser.It is not possible to delete the browser without this data. If you do not want to send this data, then do not delete the browser.
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent

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

  1. Computer technical specifications (model, IP address, processor, amount of RAM, operating system version, available memory on the hard drive).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Language of Yandex Browser.
  4. Address and screenshot of page in browser where the error occurred.
  5. Unique user identifier.
  6. Computer location
  7. User login on Yandex.
  8. Active browser plugins and extensions.
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. These reports include the following information:
  1. Computer technical specifications (model, processor, amount of RAM, operating system version).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Address of page where the error occurred.
  4. Unique user identifier.
  5. Error code.
  6. Date and time of crash.
To detect errors and debug the browser.
  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, uncheck the box labeled Send crash reports to Yandex.

Statistical data:

  1. Navigation statistics.
  2. User clicks on pages.
  3. User requests.
  4. Device technical specifications (model, platform, operating system version, browser version).
  5. Device region and language.
  6. Opened video and audio files.
  7. Changes to browser settings.
  8. Browser processes that are running.
  9. Cookie files (for example, cookies that determine your location).
  10. 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. Click   → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, uncheck the box labeled Send usage statistics to Yandex.
When installing and updating:
  1. Build ID (the build number and service information).
  2. Event ID (installation, update, installaion of a new browser on top of the old one).
  3. Version of browser installed.
  4. Version of browser you are installing.
  5. Operating system version.
  6. Information about the installation or update (file download time, successful or unsuccessful update, etc.)
Troubleshooting problems with installing and timely updating Yandex Browser.It is not possible for the browser to function without this data. If you do not want to send this data, then do not use the browser.
When deleting the browser:
  1. Build ID (the build number and service information).
  2. Browser version.
  3. Operating system version.
To collect statistics on users who have decided to delete the browser.It is not possible to delete the browser without this data. If you do not want to send this data, then do not delete the 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.