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Happify, Inc.
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: April 20, 2022


Mozilla says

People voted: Super creepy

Happiness has a score! Scientists who study positive psychology, aka the science of happiness, came up with techniques to make you happier. They can even tell how happy you are with tests and surveys. Because according to Happify, "happiness isn't just one thing, it's everything." Which sounds kinda existential to us. We also agree that would look great on a motivational poster. The Happify app is a bunch of science-based activities and games designed to help users beat stress, negative thoughts, and life's challenges. Lord knows life has a bunch of those. The app is free to download. To access all it has to offer, users need to pay a $15 per month or a $140 per year subscription fee for Happify Plus.

Happify does seem to collect a fair amount of personal information and we have outstanding questions about how they manage security vulnerabilities. We know we'd be happier if they didn't collect so much personal information. Unfortunately, "privacy isn't just one thing, it's everything" doesn't look as good on a motivational poster. Or does it?

What could happen if something goes wrong?

First of all, we're not at all sure why Happify needs access to your phone's flashlight, but indeed, it does request permission to control your device's flashlight when you download the app. Which is kinda funny, but also a good reminder to check the permissions an app will require before downloading it. Some of them might surprise (or frighten) you.

Happify does collect a fair amount of personal information and app usage data, as we found with nearly all the mental health apps we reviewed. They do say they can use data they collect for advertising purposes. Happify also says they reserve the right to share or sell aggregate or group data about Happify users. Generally, this aggregate data is data with no personally identifiable information. However, with the use of things like device identifiers and location data, both of which Happify says they can collect, it has been found to be relatively easy to re-identify such user data.

On the security front, we were unable to confirm is Happify has a way to manage security vulnerabilities. We emailed the company multiple times at the email provided in their privacy policy for privacy related questions to try and get answers to our questions. We received no response. There is this line in Happify's privacy policy (many privacy policies we read contain something similar) that states, "Please be advised, however, that while we take every reasonable precaution available to protect your data, no storage facility, technology, software, security protocols or data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Computer hackers that circumvent our security measures may gain access to certain portions of your Personal Information, and technological bugs, errors and glitches may cause inadvertent disclosures of your Personal Information." Which is a good reminder that, yeah, any personal data you share pretty much anywhere on the internet, Happify included, is not safe.

What's the worst that could happen? Well, no one wants their terrible happiness score available for all the world to see. Here's hoping that never happens.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Never link your Happify account to a social media account like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Chose a strong password.
  • Do not share data with third parties.
mobile Privacy warning Security A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information


Device: N/A

App: Yes


Device: N/A

App: No

Tracks location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

Facebook and Twitter sign-up available

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Happify Health will never sell, rent, exchange or barter your Personal Information to or with any third party for financial gain or marketing purposes. However, they can use your Usage Data on an aggregate and anonymous basis to promote Happify Health to third parties.

Happify™ reserves the right to transfer and/or sell aggregate or group data about Happify™ users (including Usage Data not linked to Personal Information) for lawful purposes.

By making the Personal Information available to Happify Health, you grant Happify Health the right, subject to applicable law, to use that Personal Information to bring you certain promotional offers from Happify Health and its third party partners that Happify Health believes may be of interest to you.

Happify may also supplement the information that they collect with information from public, third-party private, or internal sources to do things such as tailor content to you.

Happify may permit third-party agents, service providers, vendors and subcontractors to access Usage Data, but they are only permitted to do so in connection with performing services for them or to operate the Site and Happify Health Offerings. Third parties are not authorized to use your Personal Information for their own benefit.

Happify may report aggregate or de-identified information, which is not able to be identified back to an individual user of the Site other than in a tokenized manner, to third party partners

Happify Health does not knowingly permit any person less than 16 years of age to register directly for the Happify Health Offerings.

How can you control your data?

At your request, Happify will inform you of what Personal Information they have on file for you. In addition, at your request, they will update, correct, modify or delete Personal Information that you have provided to them, or that they have collected. You may do so via email at [email protected]

To request to limit the use and disclosure of your personal information, please submit a written request to [email protected]

User information provided to Happify Health will be retained in accordance with the strictest application of the laws of the governing authorities for the user’s primary place of residence. In the absence of applicable laws governing data retention, Happify Health will not retain data for more than 7 years beyond the date the user last logs in to Happify Health.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?


No known privacy or security incidents discovered in the last 3 years.

Child Privacy Information

Happify Health™ is committed to children's privacy. Happify Health™ does not knowingly permit any person less than 16 years of age to register directly for the Happify Health™ Offerings. If Happify Health™ learns that Personal Information of persons under 16 years of age has been collected on the Site or through the Services without parental consent, then Happify Health™ will take appropriate steps to remove the information or maintain and use such information in order to notify and obtain consent from the parent/guardian and/or for other purposes permitted under applicable law. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under the age of 16 has a registered account with the Site without your consent, please alert Happify Health™ at [email protected]

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?


Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information




Strong password


Security updates


Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t Determine

Privacy policy


Does the product use AI? information


Happify created Anna, an AI coach designed to model real-world interactions with a coach or therapist.

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

"Anna is here to point you in the right direction, and to help proactively manage your mental health."

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?



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