Why I removed Grammarly chrome extension and deleted my Grammarly account

Why I removed Grammarly chrome extension and deleted my Grammarly account

I apologize if there are any grammatical mistakes in this post. 😅

Virtually a grammar correcting key-logger, I was recently bombarded by Grammarly Ads on YouTube, even though I had the chrome extension installed. It’s just something that had been installed on my laptop since always. That got me to wondering how they actually make money, since I figured most of the users would be free ones. I don’t have anything against premium/paid services and I’m probably underestimating the amount of paid users they have, but in any case that led me down their privacy policy.

Grammarly Privacy Policy

To their credit, it was to-the-point and very easy to use. Perhaps someone is hiding in plain sight.

Information Collection

Apart from the basic information like username, email etc. One of the most alerting information they collect is User Content. From their privacy policy,

User Content. This consists of all text, documents, or other content or information uploaded, entered, or otherwise transmitted by you in connection with your use of the Services and/or Software.

Now maybe it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Maybe they’re talking about just when you use their website. But then I came upon this link: What ‘User Content’ means

User Content is defined in our Terms of Service as all text, documents, or other content or information uploaded, entered, or otherwise transmitted by you in connection with your use of Grammarly’s Services and/or Software. This would include, for example, text you write while using a Grammarly product, such as the browser extension or the mobile keyboard.

I was a bit alarmed upon reading it. Does this mean everything I’ve ever typed in the browser has been uploaded to Grammarly? Fine, I suppose they need to upload the text to their servers to analyze the text, here’s hoping the data is stored and transferred securely (Oof).

Fine, Grammarly can take everything I write, do some analysis and send me back the results and delete my data, right? Wrong. Let’s scroll down their privacy policy:

How long is Personal Data retained?

You can remove your Personal Data from Grammarly at any time by deleting your account as described above. However, we may keep some of your Personal Data for as long as reasonably necessary for our legitimate business interests, including fraud detection and prevention and to comply with our legal obligations including tax, legal reporting, and auditing obligations.

And just in case you’re wondering, yes ‘User Content’, along with all your personally identifiable information, is a part of ‘Personal Data’. You want to store my personal data for “legitimate business interests“? Fine, but at least don’t share my data with any 3rd party services.

Does Grammarly sell or rent my Personal Data?

No, Grammarly does not sell or rent your Personal Data.

Hey that’s good, maybe Grammarly isn’t that bad. Wait a second..

Does Grammarly share my Information?

We only disclose Personal Data to third parties when:

  1. We use service providers who assist us in meeting business operations needs, including hosting, delivering, and improving our Services. We also use service providers for specific services and functions, including email communication, customer support services, and analytics. These service providers may only access, process, or store Personal Data pursuant to our instructions and to perform their duties to us.

  2. We have your explicit consent to share your Personal Data.

  3. We believe it is necessary to investigate potential violations of the Terms of Service, to enforce those Terms of Service, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or potential threats against persons, property, or the systems on which we operate our Site, Software, and/or Services.

  4. We determine that the access, preservation, or disclosure of your Personal Data is required by law to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Grammarly and users of our Site, Software, and/or Services, or to respond to lawful requests by public authorities, including national security or law enforcement requests.

  5. We need to do so in connection with a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, reorganization, sale of some or all of our assets or stock, public offering of securities, or steps in consideration of such activities (e.g., due diligence). In these cases some or all of your Personal Data may be shared with or transferred to another entity, subject to this Privacy Policy.

Thanks great, my data is secure for now, except Grammarly is just saving up all the data to increase the net worth before a merger/acquisition/bankruptcy/”reorganization” happens and then they can do all the data mining they want.

Here’s cherry on top:

Where is my Information stored?

Information submitted to Grammarly will be transferred to, processed, and stored in the United States. When you use the Software on your computing device, User Content you save will be stored locally on that device and synced with our servers. If you post or transfer any Information to or through our Site, Software, and/or Services, you are agreeing to such Information, including Personal Data and User Content, being hosted and accessed in the United States.

Hi NSA, FBI, CIA, etc!

Dear well designed key-logger, can you delete my data from your servers please?

How can I delete my Personal Data from Grammarly?

You can remove your Personal Data from Grammarly at any time by logging into your account, accessing the Settings page, and then deleting your account. More details can be found here. Please note that, for security reasons, Grammarly Premium users will first be instructed to cancel their subscriptions before they can delete their Grammarly account.

Well, at least that was easy.

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