For us, privacy is one of the most important goods on the internet. It needs to be preserved and is not to be used for profit. The following is a small summary of our approach.
Only free software with open source code is under control of any user. In all other cases the users have to believe what the maintainers tell about what is going on inside. If maintainers claim that they have strictly implemented privacy and data protecion, users have to believe them. MetaGer is free software under GNU-AGPLv3 Licence. It is available to anyone at https://gitlab.metager3.de/open-source/MetaGer.
- Neither do we save your IP, nor the "fingerprint" of your Browser (For the purpose of securing our servers against Hacking- and Bot-Attacks, we need to store these information for a short period of time. It will be then automatically deleted afterwards).
- We do not set cookies or use tracking-pixels or similar technology, to "track" our users (tracking = following a users digital movement on the internet).
- Data transmission is only done encrypted via the https protocol.
- We offer access via the anonymous TOR network, the MetaGer hidden service.
- Since access via the TOR-network seems complicated to many users and often slow, we offer a proxy server, to visit the result pages anonymously: By clicking on the link "open anonymously" your personal information will be protected on this click and even on all following clicks.
- We show as few advertisements as possible, clearly marking them, and financially rely on our users, their Donations and membership fees for SUMA-EV.
- Metager is operated and developed by the charitable german organisation SUMA-EV in cooperation with the Leibniz University Hanover.
- Our Servers are located exclusively in germany. Therefore they are governed by the german privacy law, which is among the strictest world wide.
- We don't even protect data but also the environment: we only use green electricity for our servers.
- Since the revealments of Edward Snowden in June 2013 numerous search engines claim that they protect their users' privacy, because the users' IP adresses are not saved. No matter how honorable these descriptions are - many search engines at least partially host their servers in the USA. Because these search engines are, as per the Patriot Act and US law, unprotected against the access of local authorities. Thus they cannot provide protection of personal data (even if they really try to).
What others say about our privacy-concept on twitter:
> 7.4.2014 C. Schulzki-Haddouti @kooptech > MetaGer dürfte im Moment die sicherste Suchmaschine weltweit sein
> 8.4.2014 Stiftung Datenschutz @DS_Stiftung > Wenn das Suchergebnis anonym bleiben soll: @MetaGer, die gemeinnützige > Suchmaschine aus #Hannover
> 8.4.2014 Markus Käkenmeister @markus2009 > Suchmaschine ohne Tracking
> 8.4.2014 Marko [~sHaKaL~] @mobilef0rensics Nice; anonymous Search and find > with MetaGer
> 7.4.2014 Anfahrer @anfahrer > Websuche mit #Datenschutz dank #MetaGer : Anonyme Suche und > Ergebnisse via Proxy
> 8.4.2014 stupidité pue @dummheitstinkt > wow, is this the MetaGer I used in the end 90s in internet cafes??? > "Anonymes Suchen und Finden mit MetaGer | heise"