Reviewed October 9th, 2020
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Tumblr

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Summary

Tumblr is a social networking app that allows you to share your artwork, thoughts, original GIFs, and more. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

May 2013


The hack of 2013 led to 65 million passwords and usernames being leaked onto various sites. However, Tumblr continued cover up the exact number and how they were hacked until the pubic found out the full extent of the hack years later.

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?

Tumblr collects personal information from users such as name, email, IP address, and through user content. Tumblr then uses this information to target you with personalized ads and may share non-personal information with third parties. Be aware of these risks when using this platform.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Tumblr may share non-personal information with affiliated companies and target you with personalized ads based on personal data collected about you.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Great way to share a variety of content with friends.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Privacy concerns.
  • Tends to contain pornography.

Final Thoughts


Tumblr has had major breaches in the past, but has recently stepped up security for their users. However, Tumblr stores IP addresses, user content, emails, and more, and may share information with affiliated companies in order to target you with personalized ads. Be wary of Tumblr's past security breaches.

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