No, Grammarly can’t access anything you type unless you are actively using a Grammarly product offering. If you’re using Grammarly for Windows or Grammarly for Mac, you can see that the product is activated in a text field by looking for a visible Grammarly logo or a widget showing the number of suggestions waiting for you.
Additionally, Grammarly is blocked from accessing anything you type in text fields marked “sensitive,” such as credit card forms or password fields. You can deactivate Grammarly at any time if you don’t want it to check a particular piece of text.
For example, if you deactivate Grammarly in Slack, Grammarly cannot access anything you type in that app until you reactivate Grammarly. Read more about this here.
While you’re using Grammarly’s product, Grammarly needs access to your text in order to provide suggestions. We use powerful algorithms based on machine learning to check your writing and identify opportunities for improvement. Without access to your text, there is no way for our product offerings to provide feedback.
We value the trust our customers put in us to keep their information safe and secure. Visit Grammarly’s Trust Center to learn about our user-first approach to privacy and security.