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What do porn sites do with my data, and what can I do about it?

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In 2019 there were almost 45 billion individual visits to Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography video-sharing platform. The website receives an average of 115 million daily visits, and it’s just one of hundreds of other websites that offer free and accessible adult content online. That’s a lot of visits and, more importantly, a lot of data!

Do you know what personal data websites like Pornhub collect? We didn't either at first: most websites have incredibly long privacy policies with key information frustratingly hard to find.

That's why we reviewed the privacy policies of the top five most popular adult sites to find out exactly how adult sites collect and use your data. PornHub, XVideos, XHamster, XNXX and RedTube all provide more details in their policies, so we’ve summarised them here for you.

Remember, your data should be up to you. If you’d like to delete your data from adult sites, you can here for free.

PornHub’s Privacy Policy

What kinds of data does PornHub have on me?

For unregistered users on their site, Pornhub collects a limited amount of information about you, such as:

  • Contact information if you fill out a survey
  • Viewing history
  • Interaction with adverts
  • IP address
  • Network info
  • Device information

Pornhub collects a lot more information from its ‘registered’ users, including:

  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Your interests and preferences
  • Payment information
  • Interactions on their site (such as comments)

What does PornHub do with my data?

Pornhub processes your data for a number of purposes, including:

  • Provision of their service
  • Customisation of content
  • Customisation of advertisements
  • Website usage analytics
  • Compliance with legal obligations

Additionally, PornHub can also share information with “service providers” that include payment processing, customer service, analytics, and advertisers that advertise on their site and customise content according to your activity. It’s also worth noting that PornHub is owned by MindGeek, who also own RedTube and many other large adult industry companies - PornHub can share information with any of these companies too.

You can read PornHub's privacy policy yourself here.

XVideos’s Privacy Policy

What kinds of data does XVideos have on me?

XVideos collects some information manually through user input. This kind of information includes:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Payment information
  • Nationality
  • Country of residence
  • Sexual orientation

Some other information is collected automatically, simply through the use of the XVideos site. This is information like:

  • Device information
  • IP address
  • Geo-location info
  • Usage information such as what videos you watch or what ads you interact with
  • Cookies and other tracking technologies

What does XVideos do with my data?

XVideos uses your data for a number of functions on their site, including:

  • Provision of their service
  • Analysis and improvement of their website
  • Customisation of advertising content
  • Measurement of the success of different adverts
  • Compliance with legal obligations

Like most websites, XVideos can also share your information with third parties, such as advertisers who use their site and tailor their content based on your information. XVideos also state that they use Google Analytics, meaning some information about you is shared with and analysed by Google.

You can read XVideos's privacy policy yourself here.

XHamster’s Privacy Policy

What kinds of data does XHamster have on me?

XHamster collects a number of different types of data from its site users, including:

  • Email address
  • Interests and preferences
  • Interactions on their site (such as comments or submissions)
  • Marketing or communications preferences

Like other sites, XHamster also collects a lot of information about you automatically. This kind of info includes:

  • Your IP address
  • Your browser information
  • Device information
  • Network info
  • Site interactions (such as the videos or ads you clicks on, or how long you stay on a page)

What does XHamster do with my data?

In their Privacy Policy, XHamster lists a number of ways in which they use your data. The site uses your data to:

  • Customise content and advertisements served to you on their site
  • Provide the website services
  • Manage user accounts
  • Analyse their website usage and traffic
  • Improve their website functionality
  • Comply with legal obligations
  • To share information with Google Analytics and other third parties

You can read XHamster's privacy policy yourself here.

XNXX’s Privacy Policy

What kinds of data does XNXX have on me?

XNXX clearly states that it collects the following kinds of information:

  • Email address
  • Interests and preferences
  • Interactions on their site (such as comments or submissions)
  • Marketing or communications preferences

Like other sites, XNXX also collects a lot of information about you automatically. This kind of info includes:

  • Your IP address
  • Your browser information
  • Device information
  • Network info
  • Site interactions (such as the videos or ads you clicks on, or how long you stay on a page)

What does XNXX do with my data?

XNXX uses your data for the following purposes:

  • To customise content and ads served to you on their site
  • To provide the service their site offers
  • To analyse website usage and traffic
  • To comply with legal obligations
  • To share information with Google Analytics and other third parties

You can read XNXX's privacy policy yourself here.

RedTube’s Privacy Policy

What kinds of data does RedTube have on me?

RedTube collects a number of different categories of information about its users. Information collected through voluntary submission includes

  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Payment information
  • Content you upload (such as video submissions or comments)

RedTube also collects data about you on an automatic bases. Information collected automatically includes:

  • IP address
  • Location
  • Viewing history and usage info
  • Device and browser information
  • Ad information and interactions

What does RedTube do with my data?

RedTube uses your data for:

  • User account management
  • Customise content and advertisements served to you on their site
  • Provide the website services
  • Analyse their website usage and traffic
  • Improve their website functionality
  • Comply with legal obligations
  • To share information with Google Analytics and other third parties

It’s also worth noting that RedTube is owned by MindGeek, who also own PornHub and many other large adult industry companies - RedTube can share information with any of these companies too.

You can read RedTube's privacy policy yourself here.

What can I do about my data?

Managing your information requires more than just deleting your adult browsing history or deleting your account from a porn site. Like any other company, adult websites have to comply with data protection laws and afford their users certain rights related to their personal information. That includes the ability to find out what they know about you, and what they're doing with that information for free.

It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the kinds of data listed above are only collected if you make an account. Still, it’s always worth knowing what a company knows about you, especially if the information is sensitive. Remember, you have the right to access and review any and all personal data a company or website holds about you. Any user can submit what’s called a subject access request (SAR) - a request to see your information - just by contacting the companies in the right format. You can do this for free via our website.

Can I remove data from porn sites?

Yes! You also have the right to delete or erase all personal information a company holds about you, under a law usually referred to as the ‘right to be forgotten’. This works for adult sites, too. By sending adult sites a deletion request, you can delete your porn history, delete your porn site profile for good, or just delete all the personal data a porn site has on you. It’s easy and free to send a deletion request to any site of your choice. If you’d like one to be added to our list just get in touch with us, and we'll add it for you.

You can find more information on how to delete your data from porn sites here, it's quick, simple and free.