Reviewed October 5th, 2020
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Briar

The Briar Project
10/10

Summary

Briar is an encrypted messaging app that sends messages over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,or Tor. The app can be downloaded on Google Play or F-Droid.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Virtually no risk. The Briar Project does not collect any information on users, and they could not access any messages even if they wanted to as the app is completely peer-to-peer.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

The Briar Project does not collect any information from users, except if you visit the website or choose to send feedback or a crash report.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Peer-to-peer.
  • End-to-end encrypted.
  • Functions over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Tor.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Not available on all platforms.
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