Declaration For VPNService of Android
Effective Date: August 08, 2023
This Declaration describes the VpnService of Android, how we use the information you provide when you use our products and services, and your choices about our use of the data. We also describe our measures to protect the information and how you can contact us about our privacy practices.
We at Protectstar Inc. ("Protectstar", "we", "us", "our"), care deeply about privacy and security. Both are a significant part of our essential mission: to protect users of our products and services ("you" and "your") from the risks of theft, disruption, and unauthorized access to their online information.
Protectstar sells products and services directly to consumers and business customers.
This Disclosure applies to the information we collect from you or your device when you download one of our apps using the VPNService of Android, e.g., Firewall AI Android, and the information we collect when you install our Services on your device.
- What is the Android's VPNService?
- How does the Firewall AI app employ VPNService?
- Why does Firewall AI use Android's VPNService?
- What data does our VPN service collect or share?
- Who Do We Share Personal Data With?
- What Choices Do You Have About Your Personal Data?
- Changes to This VPNService for Android Disclosure
- How to Contact Us
What is the Android's VPNService?Android's VPNService (https://developer.android.com/reference/android/net/VpnService) is a core component that applications can use to establish their own VPN solutions. It's essentially a secure bridge for data communication.
The VPNService sets up a virtual network interface, arranges addresses and routes, and provides a file descriptor to the application. This descriptor plays a central role in managing data packets. When read from, it pulls an outgoing packet that was routed to the interface. Conversely, when written to, it delivers an incoming packet to the application as though it was received directly from the interface.
All these tasks operate on the Internet Protocol (IP), which means each packet is always prefixed with IP headers. The application completes the VPN connection by processing and trading these packets with a remote server across a protected tunnel.
How does the Firewall AI app employ VPNService?
Our Firewall AI app utilizes Android's VPNService to cleverly direct permitted internet traffic straight to their final destination, bypassing a remote VPN server. This functionality results in two potential scenarios:
- With IP Filtering Disabled: All internet traffic is guided into the local VPN service. However, only 'allowed' traffic makes it to its intended destination, with the 'blocked' traffic dropped. No traffic is forwarded to a remote VPN server.
- With IP Filtering Enabled: All internet traffic is guided into the local VPN service. However, only 'allowed' traffic makes it to its intended destination, with the 'blocked' and 'filtered' traffic dropped. No traffic is forwarded to a remote VPN server.
This technique allows Firewall AI to locally manage all internet traffic, thus eliminating the need for root access to set up or run this firewall application. We prioritize transparency, and by explaining these operations, we help our users understand how we handle their data and the steps we take to safeguard their privacy and data integrity when using our Firewall AI applications.
Why does Firewall AI use Android's VPNService?
Firewall AI App leverages Android's VPNService to steer traffic to itself, enabling on-device filtering instead of server-side. We depend on Android's VPNService to ensure the following functions operate as intended:
- Device protection (anti-virus/malware and firewall features)
- Parental control and enterprise management
To illustrate this in action:
When the Firewall AI is activated, both 'blocked' and 'allowed' internet traffic are routed to the local VPN service. However, only the 'allowed' traffic is passed on to the intended destination, avoiding any traffic to a VPN server. This use of Android's VPN service lets us route all internet traffic to Firewall AI locally, circumventing the need for root access to establish this firewall application.
What data does our VPN service collect or share?
We categorically do NOT collect or share any personal data, nor do we collect or share the domains accessed by the Firewall AI app.
Moreover, we do NOT gather any strictly anonymized URLs or domains visited using your web browser apps!
Information from Third Parties:
We use third parties such as Google Play Services and Firebase Crashlytics. These services assist us in gathering and analyzing diagnostic information, playing a crucial role in maintaining app stability and resolving issues efficiently. This data includes:
- Crash Logs
- User IDs
- Device or other IDs
- Google Play Services: https://policies.google.com/privacy
- Firebase Crashlytics: https://firebase.google.com/support/privacy
Who Do We Share Personal Data With?
We do NOT share, sell, or distribute the collected data with third parties.
What Choices Do You Have About Your Personal Data?
We respect your right to control your Personal Data. Here's how you can manage your information:
Registered Users of Protectstar Apps:
- Access and Correction: If you have registered a Protectstar app through MY.PROTECTSTAR athttps://my.protectstar.com. You can access, and correct the Personal Data in your profile anytime by visiting your MY.PROTECTSTAR account.
Unregistered Users with Installed Protectstar Products:
- Stop Data Collection: If you haven't registered a Protectstar app but have one installed on your device, you maystop Protectstar's collection of Personal Data from your device byuninstalling that product.
Changes to This VPNService for Android Disclosure
We may occasionally update our Disclosure for Android's VPNService. Therefore, we recommend you review this page periodically for any changes. We will inform you of any changes by posting the updated Disclosure on this page. These changes become effective immediately after they are published on this page, https://www.protectstar.com/en/vpnservice-disclosure.
How to Contact Us
If you have any questions or comments about this Disclosure, or if you would like us to update or remove information or preferences you provided to us, please may contact us at:
4281 Express Lane
Sarasota, FL 34249
For privacy-related inquiries, please contact us at the following e-mail address: