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Grammarly, privacy, research ethics

Hello, Grammarly's privacy policy is quite weak and concerning from a personal privacy and research ethics point of view.

For example:

  • They collect/store all user content which includes "all text, documents, or other content or information uploaded, entered, or otherwise transmitted by you in connection with your use of Grammarly’s Services and/or Software. This would include, for example, text you write while using a Grammarly product, such as the browser extension or the mobile keyboard."
  • Personal data is retained after accounts are deleted.
  • Data is stored on US servers

How does the university reconcile researcher/data privacy and use of Grammarly? I have completed ethics applications on research to meet UTS research ethics guidelines which does not factor in things like Grammarly.

There are alternatives, ProWritingAid has a more private approach to privacy.

We never keep your work. We run thousands of analysis requests every day, the data is sent to our servers to be processed but it is never  stored on our servers. We give you our word as fellow writers.

Your documents are created and uploaded to your account, but you are the only one who has access to them. 

The data is also encrypted.

Grammarly is a useful tool, but the privacy issue is significant. Also, currently Grammarly have said they can not delete my (UTS) grammarly account, it needs to be done by the UTS account administrator.

Thanks for any response,


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Hi Ian

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Meijun, 7 months ago

Hi Ian

We are going to delete your UTS Grammarly account. Could you send your details to me?

My email address is meijun.huang@uts.edu.au





Thanks for your help. I have

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cli, 7 months ago

Thanks for your help. I have emailed you just now.

One further question, are the library able to respond to the privacy concerns? Or is it more relevant for me to discuss with ITD? Or ethics group? Thanks for any advice.

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