We want you to understand what information we collect, what we don’t collect, and how we collect, use, and store information. We do not collect logs of your activity, including no logging of browsing history, traffic destination, data content, or DNS queries. We also never store connection logs, meaning no logs of your IP address, your outgoing VPN IP address, connection timestamp, or session duration.
Our guiding principle toward data collection is to collect only the minimal data required to operate a world-class VPN service at scale. We designed our systems to not have sensitive data about our customers; even when compelled, we cannot provide data that we do not possess.
AdvancedVPN collects two types of information:
This information is collected for the purpose of administering your AdvancedVPN subscription and includes your name, email address, and payment information, which you submit on our order page when you subscribe for the Services.
AdvancedVPN collects minimal information about usage in order to maintain excellent customer support and quality of service. The section below specifies in detail what information we collect. These statistics never include anything about what the user did with the VPN: no data about the contents or destinations of VPN traffic, no DNS queries, and no IP addresses.
AdvancedVPN collects personal information that you provide to us directly through the Site. We require that you provide personal information, such as an email address and payment information, in order to establish an AdvancedVPN account, and so that we can email you, collect payments from you, and respond to support queries that you initiate. The specific information collected varies depending on the payment method you choose. To minimize the amount of personal information you submit to us, we recommend that you use Bitcoin payments when subscribing to our Service.
AdvancedVPN uses your email address for the following reasons:
To send emails related to payment transactions.
To provide links to our Site, including password reset emails.
To send you updates and announcements.
To communicate with you about your VPN services or respond to your communications.
To send marketing information, such as AdvancedVPN offers, surveys, invitations, and content about other matters in connection with AdvancedVPN (“Marketing emails”). You may choose to not receive Marketing emails by following the opt-out procedure described in these emails.
We ensure that we never log browsing history, traffic destination, data content, IP addresses, or DNS queries. Therefore:
We do not know which user ever accessed a particular website or service.
We do not know which user was connected to the VPN at a specific time or which VPN server IP addresses they used.
We do not know the set of original IP addresses of a user’s computer.
Should anyone try to compel AdvancedVPN to release user information based on any of the above, we cannot supply this information because the data don’t exist.
In order to maintain excellent customer support and quality of service, AdvancedVPN collects the following information related to your VPN usage:
We collect information related to which Apps and Apps version(s) you have activated. Knowing your current version of the Apps allows our Support Team to troubleshoot technical issues with you.
We collect information about whether you have successfully established a VPN connection on a particular day (but not a specific time of the day), to which VPN location (but not your assigned outgoing IP address), and from which country/ISP (but not your source IP address). This minimal information assists us in providing technical support, such as identifying connection problems, providing country-specific advice about how to best use our Service, and to enable AdvancedVPN engineers to identify and fix network issues.
We collect information regarding the total sum of data transferred by a given user. Although we provide unlimited data transfer, if we notice that a single user pushes more traffic than thousands of others combined, thereby affecting the quality of service for other AdvancedVPN users, we may contact that user for an explanation.
We collect minimal usage statistics to maintain our quality of service. We may know, for example, that our customer Mike had connected to our Singapore VPN location on Friday and had transferred an aggregate of 945 MB of data across a 24-hour period. Mike can’t be uniquely identified as responsible for any specific behavior because his usage pattern overlaps with thousands of other AdvancedVPN customers who also connected to the same location on the same day.
We’ve engineered our systems to categorically eliminate storage of sensitive data. We may know THAT a customer has used AdvancedVPN, but we never know HOW they have utilized our Service. We stand by our firm commitment to our customers’ privacy by not possessing any data related to a user’s online activities.
AdvancedVPN’s core mission is to keep your information private. In service of this mission, AdvancedVPN’s headquarters and registered place of business is in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which has stricter laws concerning information disclosure than most countries.
The BVI has no data retention laws, and any legal order requiring a BVI company to disclose customer records must come from the BVI Supreme Court. Under BVI law, information requests from foreign courts or law enforcement are subject to a “dual criminality” provision, meaning that the request is upheld by the BVI Supreme Court only if the same crime is punishable by at least a one-year prison sentence under BVI law, had it taken place in the BVI. Should we receive a valid legal order from the BVI Supreme Court, it is important to note that AdvancedVPN does not collect any IP addresses, browsing history, traffic data, or DNS queries that could be used to identify any specific user.
AdvancedVPN keeps records of any correspondence, questions, complaints, or compliments you submit to us through our Site or Services, along with our response. Depending on how you contact AdvancedVPN, we may collect your email address and any additional information you provide to us. Having full correspondence records enables our staff to provide the best possible customer support experience.
We use two different third-party platforms for support correspondence: Zendesk for emails and support tickets, and SnapEngage for live chat. When you correspond with us using these platforms, they will store your correspondence records—including your email address, as well as user and device attributes that help with troubleshooting, such as the country you are contacting us from and your device’s operating system. Both platforms utilize modern security practices and HTTPS encryption.
AdvancedVPN uses best-in-class physical, procedural, and technical security with respect to our offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of information. Access to user information is restricted to staff who require such access to perform their job functions.
While we believe these systems are robust, it is important to understand that no data security measures in the world can offer 100% protection.
Servers are housed in data centers with strong security practices. None of these data centers require us to collect or store any traffic data or personal information related to your use of VPN Services. If any data center were to ask us to log such data, we would immediately cease operations with said data center and find alternative options.
Even if a government were to physically seize one of our VPN servers and manage to break its disk encryption, there would be no logs or information that would tie any individual user to a particular event, website, or behavior.
A cookie is a small text file used to store information about your visit to the Site. Cookies let AdvancedVPN optimize and improve the user experience of the Site by helping us deliver certain functionalities, such as website login and language settings. The cookies we use may vary over time as we continuously update and improve our Site.
You are free to change your cookie preferences at any time. You can do this in the settings panel for your browser. Depending on which browser and device you use, you may be able to control which cookies you allow, which cookies you want to block in the future, and delete cookies. For more information about these settings, please refer to the “help” section of your browser. Note that AdvancedVPN’s Site may not work as intended if you choose to disable cookies.
The cookies set by AdvancedVPN enable us to set your language preference, attribute visitors to a marketing channel, and, once you log in, securely show you information that is specific to your account. The cookies contain a user identifier, but no directly personally identifying information such as your name or email address, and do not track any activity outside of AdvancedVPN’s domains.
AdvancedVPN uses third-party services such as Google Analytics and Adwords. Cookies from such services are used to collect data for statistical reports. For example, we may generate reports regarding the amount of time users spend on the Site and the number of users who visit a particular page.
AdvancedVPN uses Google AdWords remarketing to show advertisements on third-party websites (including Google) to users who have visited our Site. We may show such users advertisements on a Google search results page, or on a site in the Google Display Network.
A mobile identifier is an identifier provided by an Android or iOS device. It does not contain your name or email address. AdvancedVPN uses mobile identifiers to generate statistics related to the marketing channels and advertising partners through which users learned about and signed up for AdvancedVPN mobile apps.
Users may disable or reset the mobile identifiers associated with their devices at any time. For instructions, see Apple’s page on Advertising & Privacy on iOS devices and Google’s page on Managing your Google Settings on your Android device.
The Site may contain links to external websites that do not fall under AdvancedVPN’s domain. AdvancedVPN is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such external websites.
The Services are intended for adults aged 18 and above. If you believe your child has provided information to us, please let us know immediately.
AdvancedVPN is committed to user privacy globally, and our existing practices reflect that through minimal collection of data and ensuring users have control over their personal information. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) requires us to outline those practices in a specific manner for users in the EU.
For the purposes of fulfilling our contractual obligations to users, including:
Providing users with the Services and Apps they have requested.
Managing user subscriptions and processing payments.
Providing customer support.
For a legitimate interest associated with the operation of our business, including:
Enhancing the quality, reliability, and effectiveness of our Site, Services, and Apps.
Communicating with customers to provide information and seek feedback related to our Services and Apps.
With the consent of users, which users can withdraw at any time.
You can exercise your rights under the GDPR to access, transfer, correct, delete, or object to the processing of your personal information by contacting us at support@Advancedvpn.com.