In our investigation on Honey, we have shown that the browser extension collects their users' data on a large scale. Regardless of whether an account has been registered or not, the add-on dilligently logs page views on plenty of websites and sends them to the company behind the extension, Honey Science LLC, a US company that was recently bought by PayPal.

Photo of a lot of bees that rush to a drop of sugar water, above that the text: “Honey, the data hoarder—request your data now”

How can I request my data?

Did you use Honey and maybe weren’t aware of this data hoarding? Or do you simply want to know what Honey has saved about you? The GDPR grants you a number of rights regarding your personal data, including the right to request a free copy of all data a company has collected about you, the right of data access.

We can help you with that. We are a registered non-profit from Germany that stands up for your right of data protection. We have already prepared the necessary request that you can use to demand a copy of your data from Honey Science LLC, the US-based company behind the browser extension. There are two forms on this page: Use the first one if you have used Honey with an account or the second one if you have used it without an account.

Afterwards, you can send the email using your own email program or webmailer. This way, everything you type into this page can be processed locally on your device. That means we will never see your data.

Honey Science LLC has a month to answer your request after you sent the email. They can extend that deadline by another two months if they have good reasons, but they have to tell you that within a month. If you decide that Honey shouldn’t keep your data after receiving their response you can use your right to be forgotten and make a request to demand the immediate deletion of your data. You can use our generator for that as well.

Used Honey with an account?

You only have to enter your name, email and “Honey Gold” balance and you can already send your request via email—free of charge of course.

You can view your Honey Gold balance here.

Used Honey without an account?

You’ve used Honey without creating an account? They have still collected your history data. To request it, you have to identify yourself with two IDs that Honey keeps on you.

Enter your name, email, and both IDs into the form below and you are ready to send your data request!

Find your two IDs

Finding the two IDs (userId and deviceId) is unfortunately a little complicated, but it shouldn’t be too hard if you follow this guide.

We have to look into the so-called “local storage” of the Honey extension. That is a place in your browser where pages and extensions can save data. You might have heard of cookies, local storage is similar. The process for accessing Honey’s local storage is different from browser to browser, so we have written two guides: One for Firefox and one for Chrome.

🦊 Firefox
“about:debugging” was typed into Firefox’ address bar.

Type about:debugging into the address bar and hit Enter. You are taken to an internal Firefox page.

“This Firefox” on the “about:debugging” page is framed in red.

Click on “This Firefox”.

A list of installed Firefox extensions on the “about:debugging” page. “Inspect” next to Honey is framed in red.

Click the “Inspect” button next to Honey. A new page called “Toolbox” opens.

Honey’s toolbox tab is open. “Storage”, “Local Storage” and the deviceId and userId are highlighted.

Pick the tab “Storage”, then “Local Storage” on the left and finally the element that appears below, starting with moz-extension://. Now you can read and copy the deviceId and userId from the table on the right.

Chrome
“chrome://extensions” was typed into Chrome’s address bar.

Type chrome://extensions into the address bar and hit Enter. You are taken to an internal Chrome page.

The “Developer mode” switch in the upper-right corner is turned on and highlighted in red.

Enable the developer mode using the switch in the upper-right corner.

A list of installed Chrome extensions on the “chrome://extensions” page. “background page” next to Honey is framed in red.

Click on “background page” next to Honey. A new window called “DevTools” opens.

Honey’s DevTools are opened, “Application”, “Local Storage” and the deviceId and userId are highlighted.

Click on the “Application” tab in the new “DevTools” window. You might have to resize the window to see the button. Click on “Local Storage” on the left and on the now shown element that starts with chrome-extension://. Now you can see and copy the deviceId and userId from the table on the right.

written by Malte Wessels and Benjamin Altpeter
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Photo adapted after: “Busy bees” by Boba Jaglicic (Unsplash license)