Reviewed October 8th, 2020
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Reddit, Inc.


Reddit is a large group of forums in which registered users can talk about anything you can imagine. It varies from news, to pop culture, to technology, to film, to books, to the weirdest and darkest things in the world, including Not Safe For Work stuff. The online community is usually a safe place, but be wary if you do not want to see certain things.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

August 2020

Hackers gained access to Reddit channels and subreddits, and placed Trump support messages for his re-election campaign. No personal information was stolen.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

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


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


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


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


Does it have parental controls?


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


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

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


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


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


Account Requirements

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

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


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


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

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


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


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


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


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

There is a lot of NSFW items that appear on Reddit, so please be aware that your children under the age of 13 should not be seeing this content. Reddit does allow those under the age of 13 to use Reddit, so please be aware of this risk if your children are using it.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Reddit's advertising partners and networks may use cookies and related technologies to collect information when ads are shown to you, but Reddit does not provide them with your Reddit account details.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • The online community is known to be a great place to learn and talk with so many different types of people.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Do not be trapped by those shady and creepy sounding users and what they say, many users already on reddit are conscious, but continue to do so.
  • Watch out for the Not-Safe-For-Work items.

Final Thoughts

Reddit is a great online community that has privacy steps in place to protect their users. Reddit may share non-public information about you with your consent, so if you are not comfortable sharing any information, make sure not to consent. Also, make sure to use the two-factor authentication to provide an extra layer of security.

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