Our Residential Proxy Ethics

Every residential proxy seller claims that they take an ethical approach. But time and time again, we see that those claims don’t hold up under independent investigation.

We’re not satisfied with the half-measures taken by other providers, and we don’t think you should be either. The “consent” that’s gained through a giant terms of service nobody will ever read. A bullet point that promises “social accountability” without specifics.

We are the ONLY provider that meets our standard of ethical acquisition of residential proxies, and we hope that our example will set the standard for the entire industry.

How We Acquire Proxies

Residential proxies are primarily obtained by using the IP addresses of ordinary residential users such as yourself. Sometimes, these addresses are used without the knowledge of the user. Often, they are obtained with the user’s “consent” only in the most technical sense of the word. But that’s not good enough for Blazing SEO. Here are the three sources from which we acquire residential IPs:

Developer SDK

Blazing SEO obtains some of our residential and mobile proxies through our Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers. We pay app developers to use our SDK, and in turn, app users get a premium, ad-free application at no extra cost if they let us use their device as a proxy when idle. Learn more here.

Unlike similar SDKs from our competitors, our SDK doesn’t just ask for app users’ consent initially, but reminds users every month that their device is being used as a proxy, and presents them with the opportunity to opt-out each month if they so desire. This reminder, like the initial choice to opt-in, appears in the form of a large notification – we don’t just gain consent from a single line in a large ToS that users are unlikely to read.

Connections through IPs obtained with this method are restricted to only a few domains that are associated with ethical use cases.

Pay Customers Directly Through Cash Raven

Cash Raven is the downloadable app that allows us to cut out the middleman and pay users directly for use of their device’s IP address as a proxy. The app will eventually allow users to select the domains for which their device can and cannot be used, giving them FULL control over how their IP is used.

Whether consenting users connect through the SDK or the Cash Raven app, our software ensures that devices are ONLY used as proxies if all three of the following are true: their devices are connected to WiFi, their devices are not in use, and their devices are either plugged in or charged to at least 50%.

Anyone letting us use their address as a proxy – whether through the SDK or the end-user app – has the option to opt-out at any time, no questions asked.

Resell From Partners Who Share Our Values

From time to time, we may resell proxies from other providers. These providers are thoroughly vetted to ensure that they meet our standards.

Currently, we are only sourcing from a vendor who pays their end users money in exchange for their bandwidth. No hidden TOS, no app SDKs, or otherwise – users are signing up because they WANT to earn money.

This is a necessary step while we grow our pool to profitability, and we hope that in the near future we will be able to move to an entirely in-house residential solution.

Vetting

Our commitment to ethical usage doesn’t stop once we have the IP addresses. Go take a look at our residential proxy page. You’ll notice that there’s no option to just buy these IPs directly. Even though it might cost us some sales, that decision is very intentional. We refuse to open the doors to any nefarious actors who might try to use our system.
All residential customers must:

  1. Demo their product to us to prove that their business case is legitimate and meets our ethical standards.

  2. Sign a legally binding contract (not just a simple checkbox under a TOS) that holds them liable if they use our IPs for anything beyond their approved use case.

  3. Go through a rigorous, proprietary “Know Your Customer” vetting process where they provide additional information about who they are and what they do.

Usage Monitoring

Before anyone uses our residential proxies, we make sure that we’re dealing with a legitimate enterprise user who has been thoroughly vetted and approved by our sales and support teams.
This user MUST be using proxies for one of our verified use cases.
Our proprietary monitoring system, trained on hundreds of thousands of proxies over our years in operation, keeps an eye on usage and immediately shuts down any use case that does not meet our standards of ethics and legality.

How we monitor usage:

  1. Automated monitoring
    • Our system can detect & immediately shut down risky behavior. For example, if a user getting a large number of bans when they use proxies, it could indicate that they are trying to do a DDoS attack or some other unethical behavior.

  1. Manual spot checks

    • Our 24/7 technical team keeps an eye on users (especially users that we deem to be potentially “risky”) to confirm they’re using proxies in a manner consistent with our values.

  2. Preventative measures

    • We can take preventative measures to ensure ethical usage. For example, locking a residential customer’s account only to the domains they say they are going to use on our system so that there is no risk of them using it for other sites.

Total Privacy Compliance

We believe that it would be more than hypocritical for a company that sells proxies – one of the hallmarks of good online privacy and cybersecurity – to collect user data. Accordingly, we collect no personal information from users who consent to us using their device as a proxy – all we use is the IP address.

Blazing SEO remains fully committed to complying with all relevant legal statutes relating to data protection, including (but not limited to) the GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. However, we see this as just a stepping stone to best practices regarding the privacy rights of our users – not an end in and of itself.