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 and .

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.
smartphone 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.
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.
smartphone interface languageResponses to search query are selected in this language.
smartphone 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.
Widgets
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo take into account user's personal preferences.
  1. Tap  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Yandex widgets section.
  4. Disable the Display Yandex widgets on the browser main screen option.
smartphone interface languageResponses to search query are selected in this language.
smartphone locationWeather, news and traffic displayed in widgets depends on the location.
smartphone technical specifications (model, operating system, screen size)To calculate the size of the widget.
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. Tap  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Yandex Zen section.
  4. Disable the Show recommendations feed option.
smartphone interface languageRecommendations are selected in this language.
smartphone locationRecommendations 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 dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Address of open pageTo 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 pageTranslate page into another language.
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. Tap  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Tap Turbo Mode.
  4. 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 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. Tap  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Tap Ad blocking in the Content blocking section.
  4. Disable the Offensive ad blocker and Intrusive ad blocking options.
Protect
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Prefix of address of open pageTo 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 fileTo check files for the presence of malware.
Address and contents of open pages.To secure data over public Wi-Fi networks.
  1. Tap  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Privacy section.
  4. Turn off the Secure your connection while using non-secure Wi-Fi networks option.
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. Tap  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Syncing.
  4. Tap 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 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. smartphone technical specifications (model, platform,operating system version).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Unique user identifier.
  4. smartphone 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. smartphone technical specifications (model, platform,operating system version).
  2. Version of Yandex Browser.
  3. Unique user identifier.
  4. smartphone 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  (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to More settings.
  4. 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.