The R;pple Tool, as a browser extension, will protect your employees when making harmful searches on search engines on the relevant internet browsers. Prices differ according to organisation type and size.
Integrate the R;pple Tool into your WiFi network to provide additional protection on your employee’s personal devices whilst they are on your network. Subscription costs include donations to R;pple, helping us keep the Tool free for families and educators.
R;pple monitors user searches for the sole purpose of identifying harmful terms, and intervening with support. We do not see, share, or save anyone’s search histories or identifiable personal data.
University of Wolverhampton
Our hosting data is in the UK. Our analytics data is hosted in the EU. Other processors (DNS for example, are hosted in the US)
R;pple cannot report on data within your organisation. The purpose of the R;pple tool is to provide crisis intervention and immediate signposting to mental health support. This is where and when the person seeing these details, decides whether to follow that redirection, a personal choice.
We have thought long and hard about the possibility of collecting data analysis within organisations who have deployed R;pple. After careful consideration, we have come to the decision not to develop versions of R;pple which could report analysis for a specific company or organisation. The reasons for this decision include the following:
- Sensitivity - self-harm and suicidal ideation is a very sensitive subject. Reporting back on someone’s search history may have an adverse effect on the individual who is experiencing mental health crisis.
- Data Protection – feedback from our users, lived experience panels and clinicians has shown a strong preference for data protection, meaning we should not gain any access to information that could identify a person or their intentions.
- Personal Choice – R;pple provides an interception when an individual is conducting harmful online searches. Is it down to the individual as to whether they choose to utilise the support offered by R;pple or continue their search. We are not able to block people from accessing content outright, but we can provide support to individuals at their most vulnerable point in the hope they choose to utilise it.
Customer data is something we actively seek to avoid, at every turn. Our mission is to get R;pple onto as many machines as possible and to provide a vital safety net of support if somebody is researching a way to end their own life.
1. Please let us know how many machines you will be deploying R;pple onto
2. Please let us know what browser you will be deploying R;pple onto
3. Please liaise with your IT department to deploy the extension en masse. There are three primary ways to get the extension onto managed machines:
a. GPO (Group Policy Object)- You can force install a browser extension on Chrome and on edge using this method
b. Force installs through browser management. Both Google workspace and Microsoft 365 have methods for this
c. Using a third-party management tool (of which there are many – if your organisation does not use one, this is not an option to consider)
4. Have a look on our website under ‘The Communications’ here to think about how, when and if you’d like to publicise our partnership and the positive step you’re taking to protect your colleagues wellbeing and mental health.
This is at the discretion of the organisation. R;pple takes data processing extremely seriously and will not share any information without prior written consent.
The browser extension sits over the top of the browser and activates when a word or phrase is searched for that matches the word list installed with the extension. The extension does not in itself collect any search history. The browser, depending on its settings and whether in private browsing/incognito may collect a search history as it would usually, irrespective of the R;pple tool being installed.
Browsers do not track uninstalls or installs, but they do know how many active users we have on a weekly basis.