Waze has a strong commitment to protecting your privacy and anonymity.
By default, Waze is configured to keep your details private. This protection is not perfect due to privacy leakage.
[User_Manual#Privacy_Menu|User Manual]] explains the configuration settings for privacy.
You can choose to link your Waze account to
[[Twitter ]]. By default this will post your road reports to Twitter. You can also choose to tweet your destination, ETA and road munching reports. All of these will disclose your location and movements. By default Twitter accounts are open to the public, and not just your followers. Your Twitter profile may include personal information which can be linked to you and your Waze identity.
You can choose to link your Waze account to
[[Facebook ]]. By default this will show your Facebook profile picture to everyone. Facial recognition can be used to identify you. You may choose to disclose your name from Facebook (which is supposed to be your real name). You can also choose to update Facebook with your destination, ETA and road munching reports. All of these will disclose your location and movements. Your Facebook profile may contain more information that allows you to be identified and that information linked to your Waze identity.
You may not link to Twitter or Facebook, but you may be a member of a
[[Waze Groups|Waze group ]]. Some of these groups are linked to Twitter. You make a traffic report which is shared with the group, and the group automatically sends it to Twitter and Facebook. Your Waze username (not your nickname) is published in the group membership list, together with the date you joined.
This makes it very easy to link your Waze nickname with your Waze username, and reveals information about your probable location and interests.
===Automatic road reports===
Your Waze client app may
[[No_pause_option|issue false traffic congestion reports ]], thinking you are stuck in traffic, rather than having stopped traveling at your home and work. A series of reports makes it much easier to identify a [[glossary|wazer]] living or working at a nearby location. It is important to turn off Waze when you have finished traveling, and not just put it in the background. This still remains a problem, as such false reports can be generated just by starting Waze to plan a route before departing.
This also means the social part of the social GPS (chit chat) cannot be used from a stationary location without both disclosing your location, and generating false traffic congestion reports.
===Manual Road reports and Chit chat===
These reports disclose your Waze nickname, your location, and possibly direction of travel. Making a
[[Road reports|road report ]] or [[Chit chat ]] where you mention your real name or other personal information may help identify you. If you choose to publish road reports to Twitter, your nickname can be linked to your Twitter profile. Chit chat is considered to be a road report for the purposes of publishing to Twitter and Facebook. By default, road reports are sent to Twitter when you link Waze to your Twitter account. Road reports may also be sent as a Facebook update if you link Waze to Facebook, but the default setting is not to send to Facebook.
A combination of your Facebook or Twitter profile, and your nickname chit chat may help disclose personal information about you.
===Creation and editing of roads===
[[recording a new road|record a new road]] or edit the layout or details of an existing road, your Waze username is linked to that road. It is natural to edit roads around your home, work, and along your common routes. This may make it easier to identify you and link a Waze nickname commonly traveling on roads created or edited by a Waze nickname.
Other map edits such as adding [[house numbers]] are recorded with your Waze username and may make it easier to identify you.
===Using Waze adds an insignificant amount of risk in day-to-day use===
* Most of us are not going to be the target of stalkers.
* Owning a
[[client device|smartphone ]] running Waze does not mean our home is much more likely to be filled with valuable possessions. Running Waze does mean mean that your are more likely to have home security. But thieves may come to different conclusions.
* Most homes are empty while people are at work from 9am until 5pm. Thieves don't need Waze to know that.
* Waze by itself doesn't disclose if you are home alone, or if your home is empty.
===But be sensible===
[[Chit chat ]] saying your whole family is away for 3 weeks leaving the house empty. You might Chit chat about how you forgot to feed your dog and you hope it doesn't attack anyone.
* Don't Chit chat about anything that makes you a target. For example, don't chit chat about how you hope your jewelery collection is safe in your closet.