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Privacy Policy

The protection of personal data is of particular importance to ESET, spol. s r. o., having its registered office at Einsteinova 24, 851 01 Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Business Registration Number: 31333532 as a Data Controller ("ESET" or "We"). We want to comply with the transparency requirement as legally standardized under the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). To achieve this goal, We are publishing this Privacy Policy with the sole purpose of informing our customer ("End User" or "You") as a data subject about following personal data protection topics:

  • Legal Basis of Personal Data Processing,
  • Data Sharing and Confidentiality,
  • Data Security,
  • Your Rights as a Data Subject,
  • Processing of Your Personal Data,
  • Contact Information.

Legal Basis of Personal Data Processing

There are a few legal bases for data processing which We use according to the applicable legislative framework related to protection of personal data. The processing of personal data at ESET is mainly necessary for the performance of the End User License Agreement ("EULA") with End User (Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR), which is applicable for the provision of ESET products or services, unless explicitly stated otherwise, e.g.:

  • Legitimate interest legal basis (Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR), that enables us to process data on how our customers use our Services and their satisfaction to provide our users with the best protection, support and experience We can offer. Even marketing is recognized by applicable legislation as a legitimate interest, therefore We usually rely on it for marketing communication with our customers.
  • Consent (Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR), which We may request from You in specific situations when we deem this legal basis as the most suitable one or if it is required by law.
  • Compliance with a legal obligation (Art. 6 (1) (c) GDPR), e.g. stipulating requirements for electronic communication, retention for invoicing or billing documents.

Data Sharing and Confidentiality

We do not share your data with third parties. However, ESET is a company that operates globally through affiliated companies or partners as part of our sales, service and support network. Licensing, billing and technical support information processed by ESET may be transferred to and from affiliates or partners for the purpose of fulfilling the EULA, such as providing services or support.

ESET prefers to process its data in the European Union (EU). However, depending on your location (use of our products and/or services outside the EU) and/or the service you choose, it may be necessary to transfer your data to a country outside the EU. For example, we use third-party services in connection with cloud computing. In these cases, we carefully select our service providers and ensure an appropriate level of data protection through contractual as well as technical and organizational measures. As a rule, we agree on the EU standard contractual clauses, if necessary, with supplementary contractual regulations.

For some countries outside the EU, such as the United Kingdom and Switzerland, the EU has already determined a comparable level of data protection. Due to the comparable level of data protection, the transfer of data to these countries does not require any special authorization or agreement.

Data Security

ESET implements appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security which is appropriate to potential risks. We are doing our best to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services. However, in case of data breach resulting in a risk to your rights and freedoms, We are ready to notify the relevant supervisory authority as well as affected End Users as data subjects.

Data Subject’s Rights

The rights of every End User matter and We would like to inform you that all End Users (from any EU or any non-EU country) have the following rights guaranteed at ESET. To exercise your data subject’s rights, you can contact us via support form or by e-mail at For identification purposes, we ask you for the following information: Name, e-mail address and - if available - license key or customer number and company affiliation. Please refrain from sending us any other personal data, such as the date of birth. We would like to point out that to be able to process your request, as well as for identification purposes, we will process your personal data.

Right to Withdraw the Consent. Right to withdraw the consent is applicable in case of processing based on consent only. If We process your personal data on the basis of your consent, you have the right to withdraw the consent at any time without giving reasons. The withdrawal of your consent is only effective for the future and does not affect the legality of the data processed before the withdrawal.

Right to Object. Right to object the processing is applicable in case of processing based on the legitimate interest of ESET or third party. If We process your personal data to protect a legitimate interest, You as the data subject have the right to object to the legitimate interest named by us and the processing of your personal data at any time. Your objection is only effective for the future and does not affect the lawfulness of the data processed before the objection. If we process your personal data for direct marketing purposes, it is not necessary to give reasons for your objection. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is connected with such direct marketing. In all other cases, we ask you to briefly inform us about your complaints against the legitimate interest of ESET to process your personal data.

Please note that in some cases, despite your consent withdrawal or your objection processing, we are entitled to further process your personal data on the basis of another legal basis, for example, for the performance of a contract.

Right of Access. As a data subject, you have the right to obtain information about your data stored by ESET free of charge at any time.

Right to Rectification. If we inadvertently process incorrect personal data about you, you have the right to have this corrected.

Right to Erasure. As a data subject, you have the right to request the deletion or restriction of the processing of your personal data. If we process your personal data, for example, with your consent, you withdraw it and there is no other legal basis, for example, a contract, We delete your personal data immediately. Your personal data will also be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the purposes stated for them at the end of our retention period.

Right to Restriction of Processing. If we use your personal data for the sole purpose of direct marketing and you have revoked your consent or objected to the underlying legitimate interest of ESET, We will restrict the processing of your personal data to the extent that we include your contact data in our internal black list in order to avoid unsolicited contact. Otherwise, your personal data will be deleted.

Please note that We may be required to store your data until the expiry of the retention obligations and periods issued by the legislator or supervisory authorities. Retention obligations and periods may also result from the Slovak legislation. Thereafter, the corresponding data will be routinely deleted.

Right to Data Portability. We are happy to provide You, as a data subject, with the personal data processed by ESET in the xls format.

Right to Lodge a Complaint. As a data subject, You have a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority at any time. ESET is subject to the regulation of Slovak laws and We are bound by data protection legislation as part of the European Union. The relevant data supervisory authority is The Office for Personal Data Protection of the Slovak Republic, located at Hraničná 12, 82007 Bratislava 27, Slovak Republic.

Processing of Your Personal Data

Services provided by ESET implemented in our product are provided under the terms of EULA, but some of them might require specific attention. We would like to provide You with more details on data collection connected with the provision of our services. We render various services described in the EULA and the product documentation. To make it all work, We need to collect the following information:

Licensing and Billing Data. The name, e-mail address, license key and (if applicable) address, company affiliation and payment data are collected and processed by ESET in order to facilitate the activation of license, license key delivery, reminders on expiration, support requests, license genuineness verification, provision of our service sand other notifications including marketing messages in line with applicable legislation or Your consent. ESET is legally obliged to keep the billing information for the period of 10 years, however the licensing information will be anonymized no later than 12 months after the expiration of license.

Update and Other Statistics. The processed information includes information concerning installation process and your computer including platform on which our product is installed and information about the operations and functionality of our products such as operation system, hardware information, installation IDs, license IDs, IP address, MAC address, configuration settings of product are processed for the purpose of provision update and upgrade services and for the purpose of maintenance, security and improvement of our backend infrastructure.

This information is kept apart from the identification information required for the licensing and billing purposes since it does not require the identification of End User. The retention period is up to 4 years.

ESET LiveGrid® Reputation System. One-way hashes related to infiltration are processed for the purpose of ESET LiveGrid® Reputation System which improves the efficiency of our anti-malware solutions by comparing scanned files to a database of whitelisted and blacklisted items in the cloud. The End User is not identified during this process.

ESET LiveGrid® Feedback System. Suspicious samples and metadata from the wild are collected as part of ESET LiveGrid® Feedback System which enables ESET to react immediately to needs of our end users and keep us responsive to the latest threats providing. We are dependent on You sending us

  • Infiltrations such as potential samples of viruses and other malicious programs and suspicious; problematic, potentially unwanted or potentially unsafe objects such as executable files, email messages reported by You as spam or flagged by our product;
  • Information concerning the use of internet such as IP address and geographic information, IP packets, URLs and ethernet frames;
  • Crash dump files and information contained.

We do not desire to collect your data outside of this scope but sometimes it is impossible to prevent it. Accidentally collected data may be included in malware itself (collected without our knowledge or approval) or as part of filenames or URLs and We do not intend it to form part of our systems or process it for the purpose declared in this Privacy Policy.

All information obtained and processed through the ESET LiveGrid® Feedback System are meant to be used without the identification of End User.

Network Connected Devices Security Assessment. To provide the security assessment function, We process the local network name and information about devices in your local network, such as presence, type, name, IP address and MAC address of the device in your local network in connection with license information. The information also includes wireless security type and wireless encryption type for router devices. The license information identifying the End User will be anonymized no later than 12 months after the expiration of the license.

Technical Support. The contact and licensing information and data contained in your support requests may be required for service of support. Based on the channel You choose to contact us, We may collect your email address, phone number, license information, product details and description of your support case. You may be asked to provide us with other information to facilitate service of support. The data processed for technical support is stored for 4 years.

Protection Against Misuse of Data. If You create the ESET HOME Account on and mark your device as missing via the Anti-theft function, the following information will be collected and processed: the location data, screenshots, data about the configuration of a computer and data recorded by a computer's camera. The collected data is stored on our servers or our service providers' servers with a retention period of 3 months.

Usage and Crash Analytics. Based on your opt-in consent, we will collect and analyze data relating to the use of our products to test their performance and improve them for our users. Collected data may include various user actions and events happening in the product (for example, launching the app, app update, session duration, in-app purchase), information on a used device, platform or operating system, as well as data related to your age, gender, location and interests, that may be associated with various identifiers (for example installation IDs). Moreover, we will process technical data related to the application crashes (such as device information, installation identifier, crash traces, crash minidump) to get insight into the crashes, learn about their causes and ensure our product is fully operational. To collect and analyze those data, We use our Customer Experience Improvement Program (where only anonymous telemetry data is processed) and Google services to obtain more in-depth insight. To learn more about the processing of your data by Google, refer to the relevant Google Privacy Policy.

Processing for Marketing Purposes. If you choose to grant us your consent for marketing purposes, We and our marketing partners will use data about your usage of our product to evaluate the performance of our online marketing activities, understand your interests better and show You online advertisements that should be more relevant for you. Collected data may include various user actions and events happening in the product (for example, launching the app, app update, session duration, in-app purchase), information on a used device, platform or operating system, as well as data related to your age, gender, location and interests, that may be associated with various identifiers (installation IDs, mobile ad ID). We use Google to collect and analyze those data for us. To learn more about the processing of your data by Google, refer to the relevant Google Privacy Policy.

Please note that if the person using our products and services is not the End User who has purchased the product or service and concluded the EULA with Us, (e.g. an employee of the End User, a family member or a person otherwise authorized to use the product or service by the End User in compliance with EULA, the processing of the data is carried out in the legitimate interest of ESET within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) f) GDPR to enable the user authorized by End User to use the products and services provided by Us in accordance with EULA.

Contact Information

If You would like to exercise your right as a data subject or You have a question or concern, send us a message at:

ESET, spol. s r.o.
Data Protection Officer
Einsteinova 24
85101 Bratislava
Slovak Republic