Frequently Asked Questions


How and when should I use PrivacyParrot?

Before signing up at a new site, check here to see if they sell your personal information. That way you can make a more informed decision before trying something new, without having to read through 50 pages of legal text (unless you enjoy such a thing).

It's also helpful to check the sites you already use, incase there is a way to opt-out of information selling that you weren't aware of before.

What do these classifications mean?

Does not sell your private information

This site directly says they do not sell your private information. If they ever do, they would be violating their own privacy policy. Here's an example of a great privacy policy.

Can sell your private information

This site says that it sells your information, or shares it with others for marketing or other purposes. You may have the ability to opt-out of such sharing, but this is still misleading. If you have to opt-in, the site won't be listed as selling your information.

May share your private information during an acquisition or sell during a bankruptcy.

This site treats your personal information as an asset they may sell if they go bankrupt. If their policy had said they will never sell your information, then they couldn't do this. This is mainly a concern for young companies, as chances are sites like Google won't go bankrupt any time soon.

How does this work?

Privacy Parrot uses guided machine learning (AI) to classify a site’s privacy policy. Based on a set of privacy policies and their classifications, our algorithms discover groups of words that strongly indicate the category to which a site should belong. It isn’t perfect, but it generally does a good job of classifying a site’s privacy policy broadly, and it's getting better all the time.

Who are you why did you make this site?

Hi, we're Bill and Mike.
We're just a couple of guys who got tired of confusing privacy policies and sites misusing our trust in unexpected ways. In a perfect world, your information would only be used exactly as expected, but in the real world, sites often have conflicting interests with the people who use them. No one wants to automatically be opted in to promotional offers, but that's a big way some sites make money, so it is in their best interest to hide that practice as much as they can. We're trying to make the process more transparent, so you don't have to worry about your privacy as much. Feel free to get in touch at info@privacyparrot.com.

Do you make money from this?

No, we believe privacyparrot makes the internet better. This project is supported by the Crucible Assurance Group Nonprofit.

How do I report corrections for a site?

email info@privacyparrot.com.