Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us and GTmetrix ("we", "us", "our") is committed to keeping your information secure. This Privacy Policy is provided to help you better understand how we collect and use your information.

This policy is effective as of May 25th, 2018.

What information do we collect?

We collect information about you when you provide it to us and when you use GTmetrix, as described below.

Information you provide to us

We collect information about you that you provide to us:

  • Basic Account information: If you register for a GTmetrix account, we collect your name (optional) and e-mail address.
  • Payment information: If you sign up for a GTmetrix PRO account, we collect your payment information.
  • Test details: If you use the test options (e.g., Cookies, HTTP authentication) when performing a GTmetrix test, those settings are saved for future tests.
  • Communications with us: If you contact us via the Contact form, e-mail, or social media, this information is collected.

Information we collect automatically

We also collect some information automatically:

  • Logs: Like most services, we log access to our services in log files. This data includes date and time of access, IP address, browser user agent, and the page visited.
  • Usage information: We collect information on how you are using GTmetrix.
  • Cookies / Web storage: We use cookies and web storage (i.e., localStorage/sessionStorage) for the sole purpose of preserving state. For example, to remember who you are logged in as, or to remember where you are in performing a task. We also use cookies to serve you relevant advertisements.

Information we receive from other sources

We collect information from these third-party sources:

  • Google Analytics: a web analytics service provided by Google Inc.

    Google Analytics uses cookies to enable analysis of your use of the website. In using Google Analytics, GTmetrix employs the "anonymizeIp" feature which masks part of your IP address before storing or processing it.

    Our Google Analytics is configured to disable all data sharing options (i.e., our Google Analytics data is not shared with other Google products and services). Google Analytics' advertising features are also disabled (i.e., Remarketing and Advertising Reporting features).

    You can disable Google Analytics tracking completely by using the Google Analytics Opt-out browser add-on.

  • Third-Party Advertising Partners:.

    Third-Party Advertising Partners use cookies to develop and display personalized content and advertising (and work with third parties who do so) tailored to your interests and/or location and to measure its effectiveness. No identifiable personal information is collected and/or shared.

How do we use this information?

We use the information mentioned above to:

  • Provide and personalize GTmetrix: We use your information to provide services to you (e.g., monitoring alerts) and to personalize your GTmetrix experience.
  • Communicate with you about GTmetrix: We use your contact information to send you e-mail directly relating to GTmetrix (e.g., account validation, onboarding, PRO subscription, monitored page alerts). If you have opted-in, we also send you other non-essential GTmetrix e-mail (e.g., Newsletter, Tips and Insights, Promotions). You can change your communications settings from the Account page.
  • Resolve customer support issues: When you contact us for support, we may use your information to help resolve your problem.
  • Improve GTmetrix: We use usage information and customer feedback to identify issues with GTmetrix and make improvements to the service.
  • Monitor and prevent security issues with GTmetrix: We use logs and usage information to monitor for suspicious or fraudulent activity.
  • Deliver online advertisements relevant to you: We use cookies to help restrict the display and measure the effectiveness of advertising. The cookies remember that you have visited the site and this information may be shared with other organizations, e.g., advertisers.

Do we share this information?

We do not share, sell, rent, or trade your private personal information with third parties without your consent, except in the following circumstances:

  • Service Providers working on our behalf (Sub-processors): We use third-party Service Providers to provide specific services for GTmetrix. The following third-parties have limited access to specific information (as needed):
    • Recurly, Inc (United States): Billing and subscriptions.
    • Bambora, Inc (Canada): Payment processing.
    • Stripe, Inc (United States): Payment processing.
    • PayPal Holdings, Inc (United States): Payment processing and subscriptions.
    • Zendesk, Inc (United States): Customer support.
  • To comply with Laws: If we receive a request for information, we may disclose information if we reasonably believe disclosure is in accordance with or required by any applicable law, regulation, or legal process.

How do we store and secure this information?

Information storage and security

No service is 100% secure, but we work hard to ensure that we use best security practices when processing your information. Your information is stored as long as necessary at the following locations:

  • General account and report information: Carbon60 Operating Co. Ltd. (Canada)
  • Payment information: Recurly (United States)
  • Customer support communications: Zendesk (United States)

We do not store credit card information or any other sensitive information on our own servers.

Update and deletion of information

The following data can be accessed and updated:

  • General account information: Your Name, E-mail, and communication preferences can be accessed and updated from the Account page.
  • Payment information: Your credit card details can be updated from the Payment Update page.
  • Test details: Test options (e.g., Cookies, HTTP authentication) can be accessed and updated from the report's Page Settings menu.

You can delete your account and associated data by requesting an account deletion (if you are a GTmetrix PRO user, you must cancel your plan first). If you would only like to update/delete specific data, please contact us.

Note that we may need to retain certain information (e.g., logs) for record keeping purposes. Any data retained will be anonymized (except IP).

Cookie Details

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information.

More specifically, we use cookies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary (i.e., GTmetrix functionality)

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you that amount to request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

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Analytics (Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics)

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our site.

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Ads through AdPushup (Various ad publishers)

These cookies may be set through our site by AdPushup and their advertising partners when an ad is served. They may be used by those companies to fulfill ad placements during header bidding. They do not store directly personal information and if you do not allow these cookies, ads may not load.

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Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may make minor changes to our Privacy Policy from time to time without notice. We will post details of the changes in the Change log section below and we encourage our users to review these changes to stay informed. If you disagree with the changes to this Privacy Policy, you will need to stop using GTmetrix and request an account deletion.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us via our Contact form or by mail:

810 - 181 Bay Street, Bay Wellington Tower
Toronto, ON, M5J 2T3

Change log

  • Jul 15th, 2023
    • Added Ad publishers cookie section
    • Added PayPal as a service provider
  • Jun 2nd, 2022
    • Added Cookie details section
  • Mar 2nd, 2022
    • Removed Clearbit as a service provider
  • Oct 20th, 2021
    • Updated mailing address
  • Feb 6th, 2020
    • Fix broken account deletion link
  • May 31st, 2019
    • Updates to data deletion section
    • Updates to service providers
    • Updates to information collected
  • May 25th, 2018
    • First revision

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