By using RescueTime, you are agreeing to the collection and use of your personal information as described below. We will notify all active accounts of any significant changes to this policy.
Your privacy is really important to us. If you have any concerns that aren't covered here, please contact us. Below are the highlights of this policy:
We will never sell, rent, or share your personal information without your explicit consent, with or without personally identifying information. That includes any government (foreign or domestic) unless we are compelled by law. If we are required by law to disclose any of the information collected about you, we will attempt to provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited) that a request for your information has been made in order to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will attempt to provide this notice by email. We will independently object to overly broad requests for access to information about users of our site.
We may share information about user behavior in the aggregate only. For example, we could share information like, "which day of the week do people spend the most time in front of their computer?"
You can delete your data at any time — all of it, or just a slice of it. You can also delete your account at any time. Deleting your account deletes all your data from our database.
We won't spam you, ever. We might occasionally send one-time messages about important RescueTime news. We will likely continue to introduce ways that you can optionally have RescueTime contact you with data that you care about, but you will always be able to turn this on or off.
For individual accounts, no other user can see any of your data or personal information. In the future, we may introduce features to allow sharing of data, but this will be voluntary and opt-in only.
For team accounts, sharing of data is controlled by the administrator of the account. No one outside of your organization will have access to any of your data.
What information does RescueTime collect?
Account information includes email address (verification optional), city, state, and country. Optional demographic information includes gender, date of birth, industry, job title, company size, and income.
RescueTime records information about the currently active application or website on your computer. We record the following information: application name, web site URL, window title, start time of use, end time of use. We do not (and never will) collect keystrokes, form input, screenshots, or anything nefarious.
LocalStorage and WebSockets
The RescueTime Firefox add-on uses the browser LocalStorage object on your computer to activate and keep your add-on "logged-in". We also use this object to store relevant data about your current page URL and title, to then be communicated with our servers. When the add-on is used with the RescueTime Desktop Application installed, we use the browser WebSocket API to rapidly communicate this data to the Desktop Application, which provides for more accurate reporting. This is all to provide you with a more robust and continuous experience.