- “HideMyAss” say they will not store user IP addresses or browsing data on their systems anymore.
- The VPN provider lacked severely in this area, so it had to do something drastic about it.
- Some data will still be logged, but they will not be of a type that can be used to identify you.
When we reviewed the “HideMyAss” VPN over a year ago, we realized that this was a product with lots of potential but with very important privacy-related drawbacks. It didn’t score well on the areas of user data collection, privacy protection, jurisdiction policies, and also on reputation. Although it was performing well, it had an easy to use UI and many configuration options, we just couldn’t suggest using it. Today, HideMyAss has announced that they are addressing the privacy issues they had, declaring that they are no longer a data-logging VPN.
Things like the dates and times of connecting to an HMA server, the subnet of your IP address, or how much data comes and goes through your connection will still be collected. These could result in the revelation of your geographic region, but not your exact location. HMA says the reason why they still need to hold and analyze this data is to keep their service loads balanced and their speeds up to par. If things are left wholly unregulated, some servers will get overcrowded, and many users will eventually experience crawling network speeds. HMA reassures its customers that they only care about the data size, and they won’t peek at your browsing activities.