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Statement: EU forces Google to offer browser selection window on Android devices

Press release


Statement: EU forces Google to offer browser selection window on Android devices

Opportunity for truly independent providers or on the way to a US duopoly?

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, March 20, 2019:Google announced to offer users of mobile Android devices a selection of browsers and search engines: https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/supporting-choice-and-competition-europe/

Please find following a statement by Dr. Marc Al-Hames, Managing Director of Cliqz GmbH. The Munich-based developer of data protection-oriented search and browser technologies is a subsidiary of Hubert Burda Media and Mozilla.

We welcome the fact that Google is giving in to pressure from the EU antitrust authorities. Whether this really will lead to fair competition depends on how the selection of browsers and search engines will look like. The crucial question is whether data protection-friendly, European apps with independent business models, code bases, and search indexes, such as Cliqz, will be featured prominently or if vendors that either depend on Google or Microsoft will get a positioning advantage on the selection window. Otherwise, the monopoly will only become a US duopoly with a lot of Google and a little Microsoft.

Background:
When it comes to real competition, you need to look at the business models and the basic technology that works in the background (browser code base, default search engine, search index). Most “alternative” browsers distribute Google as the default search engine, because they are paid out of Google vast search ad revenue. Some use Microsoft Bing. And most use (or soon will use – Microsoft Edge) Google’s Chromium as a code base. This is problematic because Google can set the rules for Chromium browsers and could protect its advertising and data collection business from effective blocking technologies (such as the anti-tracking technology of Cliqz and its subsidiary Ghostery) at any time. Most “alternative” search engines depend either on Google’s or Microsoft’s/Bing’s search index and are monetized through Google or Bing advertising. There are only very few truly independent providers. One of them is Cliqz.

About Cliqz
The mission of Cliqz is to redesign the user interface of the internet by merging browser and search. More than 100 experts from approx. 30 countries develop innovative open source software with the aim of getting users to their destination as directly as possible while protecting their privacy. Cliqz GmbH was founded in 2008 by Jean-Paul Schmetz. Since May 2013, the company with headquarters in Munich has been a majority holding of Hubert Burda Media, and in August 2016 Mozilla acquired a strategic minority holding. In February 2017 Cliqz acquired Ghostery, the global anti-tracking software market leader. More at https://cliqz.com


Press contact:

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com

+49 89 9250 1833


Press Release: Cliqz launches re:consent to create transparency about data sharing

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Cliqz launches re:consent to create transparency about data sharing

Have you been tricked into giving consent for being tracked? Find it out with this tool.

Thomas Konrad Cliqz GmbH press@cliqz.com +49 89 9250 1833

Munich, September 28, 2018: Cliqz has released re:consent, a software tool that shows users which data they share with websites and platforms. Many users give their consent for the disclosure of personal data unconsciously and do not even know what extensive access rights they have granted the data collectors. When visiting Google, Facebook and the numerous websites that use the so-called consent management framework of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), re:consent shows which data they disclose and thus creates transparency. With re:consent, users can directly access the privacy settings, which are often hidden or intentionally confusing or unnecessarily complex. They can easily prohibit, for example, location access, face recognition or tracking of their Internet activities using cookies and other tracking technologies.

“re:consent is a tool that makes it easy to review, reconsider and revoke unnecessary data collection. It’s an ideal supplement to the Cliqz and Ghostery anti-tracking-technology,” said Marc Al-Hames, Managing Director Cliqz.

The free tool is integrated in the  Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac and is also available as a Chrome extension and Firefox add-on.

Dark Patterns – Deceived by Design
The background to this is the knowledge that Internet companies such as Google and Facebook use manipulative design of the user interface, so-called dark patterns, to tempt their users to reveal more data about themselves than necessary. In its study “Deceived by Design“, the Norwegian consumer protection organization Forbrukerrådet explained how many steps are required to set up the most data protection-friendly settings on websites such as Facebook and Google. For almost all sites, it takes much longer to click through the confused privacy notices to the strictest settings than to agree to the default settings: With Facebook it takes 13 instead of 5 clicks, with Google 9 instead of 2 clicks. More Dark Patterns are explained here.

Especially since the general data protection regulation (GDPR) came into force at the end of May, dark patterns are increasingly used for the cookie consent dialogue on many websites. The website operators (publishers) often use so-called consensus management platforms, which are made available to them by the advertising industry.

About Cliqz
The mission of Cliqz is to redesign the user interface of the internet by merging browser and search. More than 100 experts from approx. 30 countries develop innovative open source software with the aim of getting users to their destination as directly as possible while protecting their privacy. Cliqz GmbH was founded in 2008 by Jean-Paul Schmetz. Since May 2013, the company with headquarters in Munich has been a majority holding of Hubert Burda Media, and in August 2016 Mozilla acquired a strategic minority holding. In February 2017 Cliqz acquired Ghostery, the global anti-tracking software market leader. More at https://cliqz.com


Press contact:

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com

+49 89 9250 1833


Press Release: Cliqz introduces MyOffrz, a completely new form of advertising

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Cliqz introduces MyOffrz, a completely new form of advertising

Browser-based performance marketing enables targeting with data protection

Thomas Konrad Cliqz GmbH press@cliqz.com +49 89 9250 1833

 Munich, Germany; July 17, 2018: Today the German software start-up Cliqz GmbH, a joint investment of Hubert Burda Media and Mozilla presented MyOffrz, an ad tech innovation that combines addressing individual consumers with concrete purchasing interests and the greatest possible protection of privacy. The manufacturer of browser, search engine and data protection technologies will use this innovative online marketing model to monetize its free offerings – the quick search engine, data protection browser and anti-tracking technologies of the Cliqz and Ghostery brands. The ad business of Cliqz GmbH is operated by its fully-owned subsidiary Cliqz MyOffrz GmbH.

Paradigm shift: from server-side to client-side

This is essentially how performance marketing works today: Ad tech providers such as Criteo, Google and Facebook collect as much user data as possible and store it in profiles – on servers in a data center. The profiles gained from the mass data collection of search, surfing and social media activities not only contain highly sensitive information about what we want to buy or where we want to travel to. The websites we visit and the web searches we do reveal our sexual preferences, our political and religious attitudes, whether we are over-indebted, suffering from a serious illness or looking for a new job or an affair. All these data are stored on the servers of the ad tech providers and come into their possession.  MyOffrz innovation of browser-based performance marketing works entirely differently: The data remain in the possession and under the complete control of the users. The principle is that no company – not even MyOffrz itself – ever has access to user data. This is because the storage and processing of data is shifted from the server side to the client side. The personal data never leave the user’s computer. The MyOffrz software recognizes purchase intentions locally, i.e. on the user’s device itself. The browser knows everything, its operator knows nothing.  

What data does MyOffrz use to identify interests? MyOffrz technology is an integral part of Cliqz browser and browser extensions for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. It has access only locally on the device to the visited websites and web searches and, if the user expressly permits this, to the approximate location. This is data that accumulates in any browser anyway and is stored in the history. If the user clears the browser history or delete’s the browser, all data disappears. Since no personally identifiable data is stored or processed on the server side, MyOffrz is GDPR-compliant and also absolutely future-proof with regard to the upcoming ePrivacy regulation.

MyOffrz offers always come with a value for the user, be it discounts or additional services. With the support of the MyOffrz team, advertisers define trigger rules for the offers, which are made up of a variety of characteristics and actions. An algorithm combines data about search terms entered within the browser (e.g. in Google, Amazon or Youtube) with data about the surfing behavior (regular visits to certain social communities, brand and content websites) to detect specific interest or immediate buying intentions. If the offers stored by the MyOffrz software in the browser match a defined interest, they are displayed in a variety of ad formats and placements, e.g. in the Cliqz quick search engine, on the browser page or above a visited website.

“Shifting the targeting logic from the server side to the client side is a real paradigm shift. The data remains in the possession and under the control of users, yet targeting-based business models are still possible. With our innovation, we have proven that addressing consumers individually and respecting their privacy work together,” said Jean-Paul Schmetz, founder and CEO of Cliqz. “MyOffrz as a proof-of-concept is a clear signal to politicians not to be deceived by those who claim that without the possession of data about users, business on the Internet would not function. Google could, for example, easily offer browser-based performance marketing with Chrome or refrain from storing search entries if they only wanted to.

Pilot phase completed

Cliqz bundles its ad business in the Cliqz MyOffrz GmbH, which was founded in August 2017. The aim was to be able to offer a market-ready model in time for the entry into force of the GDPR, with which agencies and brands can conduct legally secure hyper-granular marketing and address consumer groups with very precisely defined interests and even purchase intentions with high-quality offers in real time. “We are pleased to officially announce the launch of MyOffrz today. Browser-based performance marketing is the future-oriented way to reach users at exactly the right time in their customer journey – regardless of which website they are currently on. The completely risk-free billing model is particularly attractive for performance-oriented marketers and we are very happy about the very positive feedback from our previous pilot customers, who have worked closely with us in recent months to bring this innovation to market”, said Lukas Jakobs, Managing Director of Cliqz MyOffrz GmbH.

Alternative to the duopoly

“MyOffrz pilot campaigns showed that this new form of marketing is absolutely competitive in terms of performance with conventional offers. As the GDPR strengthens the duopoly between Google and Facebook even more, it is even more important to be able to contribute to more competition with our alternative offer”. Among the pilot customers were well-known brands such as MyToys, Toyota, Cyberport, HUK24, Flaconi and Telekom, as well as numerous agencies and agency groups, including GroupM, Mediacom, Wavemaker, OMD, Omnicom, PHD, DentsuAegis, Performics, Tradeers, Metapeople, and Sunnysales.

About MyOffrz

Cliqz MyOffrz GmbH (MyOffrz) offers a completely new form of advertising with browser-based performance marketing. With MyOffrz, brands and agencies can submit highly relevant offers to consumers that precisely match their individual interests or even real-time purchasing intentions. Since no personal data is transmitted, this “hyper-granular targeting” is GDPR-compliant and also future-proof with regard to ePrivacy. More at https://myoffrz.com

About Cliqz

The mission of Cliqz is to redesign the user interface of the internet by merging browser and search. More than 100 experts from approx. 30 countries develop innovative open source software with the aim of getting users to their destination as directly as possible while protecting their privacy. Cliqz GmbH was founded in 2008 by Jean-Paul Schmetz. Since May 2013, the company with headquarters in Munich has been a majority holding of Hubert Burda Media, and in August 2016 Mozilla acquired a strategic minority holding. In February 2017 Cliqz acquired Ghostery, the global anti-tracking software market leader. More at https://cliqz.com


Press contact:

Thomas Konrad Cliqz GmbH press@cliqz.com +49 89 9250 1833


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Press release: Cliqz on the Huawei AppStore

Pressemitteilung


HUAWEI ECO-CONNECT EUROPE 2017

Cliqz Will Showcase its Privacy-focused Quick Search Browser

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, Germany, October 23, 2017: Cliqz GmbH a Huawei partner, today announced that it will participate in HUAWEI ECO-CONNECT EUROPE 2017, October 26-27 in Berlin. The German software company backed by Hubert Burda Media and Mozilla will show its privacy-enhancing Android browser Cliqz. It comes with a built-in quick search engine that offers an innovative way of accessing websites and information directly, sparing users the detour via separate search engine result pages. The Cliqz browser is open source and enhances privacy and security with an AI-powered anti-tracking and anti-phishing. The Android app also allows users to accelerate website loading times significantly by blocking unwanted advertising as demonstrated in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcXeoaXIkNY

“We are happy to announce the availability of the Cliqz browser on the Huawei AppStore. As a proponent of the open internet, we appreciate every additional opportunity to allow Android users to download apps from a safe environment,” said Dr. Marc-Al Hames, Managing Director, Cliqz GmbH.

Cliqz Android browser

  • Powerful, Lightning-based Android open source browser with the latest Chromium technology
  • Built-in quick search engine, powered by the Human Web Index
  • AI-powered Anti-Tracking protects users from being spied out by 3rd-party tracking scripts
  • Ad blocking option to create a cleaner and faster web experience
  • Enhanced Anti-Phishing protects users from data theft by forged websites
  • Peer-to-Peer-connection of the mobile browser with the Cliqz desktop browser
  • Video- and audio-downloader

The Cliqz browser can be downloaded for free in the Huawei AppStore soon. It is also available for Windows, Mac and iOS at https://cliqz.com/download

HUAWEI ECO-CONNECT EUROPE 2017, Huawei’s flagship event in Europe, will be held at the City Cube, Berlin from October 26-27, under the motto Go Digital, Go Cloud. This leading ICT event is a Europe-wide platform created by Huawei bringing together key opinion leaders from industry, science, economy and society, partners, customers and citizens to exchange ideas, gain inspiration and explore together how to shape our digital future and realize new growth through digitization. For more information, please visit http://www.huaweiconnecteurope.com/


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz GmbH is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, more than 100 experts from over 30 countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy. Cliqz quick search works with its own independent web index, powered by the company’s Human Web technology. It is available in the Cliqz browser for Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS or as an extension for the Firefox desktop browser.

Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media corporations. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. In February 2017, Cliqz acquired the world’s leading anti-tracking tool Ghostery.

 

                                           

 

Huawei, HUAWEI ECO-CONNECT EUROPE and other Huawei products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Huawei (or a Huawei affiliate company). All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

 

 


Pressekontakt

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press release: New version of the Cliqz desktop browser

Pressemitteilung


New version of the Cliqz browser

Find and retrieve websites even faster

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, June 282017: Cliqz GmbH has released a new version of the Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac OS, with the aim of making it easier to find and retrieve websites and information. The most noteworthy update is the new design of its integrated quick search engine. Furthermore, there is now a completely new concept of the browser history. You can download Cliqz 1.14.0 for Windows and Mac OS for free at the following link: https://cliqz.com/download.

Cliqz has also given its website, logo as well as Android and iPhone app icons a fresh new look.

Everything at a glance, everything with a click
The core feature of the Cliqz browser is its quick search. It shows website suggestions and cards with immediate information in a menu below the browser bar in real time as you type your keywords or web addresses. This has now been made even clearer. The wider menu makes room for detailed descriptions and more images.

Cliqz users can thereby soak in more information at a glance, can choose the most relevant website suggestion with greater speed and can then, without having to make the otherwise common detours through separate search results, arrive at their target designation with just one click. The browser extension Cliqz for Firefox is also getting a new design.

The new design of Cliqz quick search: more information at a glance.

New browser history: retrieval made easy

Many Internet users know this problem: they want to find a site that they viewed a while back. But they can’t remember the name of the website. Instead, they vaguely remember the path or the search that led them there. The new Cliqz browser history intelligently groups related entries within the history into sections and makes them therefore easily searchable. The new full-image view enhances users’ ability to maintain a clear overview. Previous browsing paths are very intuitively retrieved and websites that were once visited can now be found again with much greater speed. The browser history can be opened through the browser menu as usual or through the clock symbol at the top left on the “New Tab” page.

The new Cliqz browser history allows users to retrieve sites intuitively.

Fresh look
In parallel with the new desktop browser, Cliqz has also released new versions of the company website, the logo and the icons for the Android and iPhone apps. Everything now radiates an iridescent blue.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz GmbH is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, more than 100 experts from over 30 countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy. Cliqz quick search works with its own independent web index, powered by the company’s Human Web technology. It is available in the Cliqz browser for Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS or as an extension for the Firefox desktop browser.

Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media corporations. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. In February 2017, Cliqz acquired the world’s leading anti-tracking tool Ghostery.


Pressekontakt

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press release: Cliqz acquires Ghostery

Press release


Cliqz buys Ghostery’s consumer operations

Acquisition of Ghostery’s brand, consumer products and user-base marks another step for Cliqz becoming a global leader in privacy protection.

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, Germany, February 15, 2017: Cliqz GmbH, a German company owned by Mozilla and Hubert Burda Media, has acquired Ghostery’s consumer operations, which includes the popular brand, anti-tracking browser extensions and mobile apps, user-base and team from its parent company, Ghostery, Inc. Cliqz is a provider of innovative, privacy-focused browser technologies with integrated quick-search functionality. By combining algorithmic and blocklist anti-tracking approaches, Cliqz and Ghostery will together further raise the benchmark in privacy protection. The acquisition of Ghostery’s 10 million active users around the globe will spur Cliqz’s international growth.

Ghostery, Inc., will continue its enterprise-focused digital governance businesses under the parent company’s original Evidon brand.

The Cliqz and Ghostery browsers and browser extensions protect users effectively from leaking private data to trackers. The current practice of online tracking creates huge amounts of data that often contain unique data points that can be used to identify individual users and to monitor their behavior across websites. Even if collected for legitimate purposes, tracking data can be exploited by hackers and data traders or used by governments for monitoring. Once collected, data usually never gets deleted. Together, Cliqz and Ghostery redefine and strengthen the user’s role in the ecosystem.

“In these times of increasing monitoring and commercialization of private data, there’s a need for solutions that protect you from being tracked,” said Jean-Paul Schmetz, the founder of Cliqz. “Combining the best of two anti-tracking approaches, Cliqz will raise the benchmark in privacy protection. The 10 million Ghostery users around the world are a milestone on our way to becoming a global technology leader in privacy protection.”

Evidon CEO & Co-Founder, Scott Meyer added: “The sale marks the start of a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership with Cliqz. Evidon will be focused entirely on meeting the rapidly growing demand for our industry-leading Digital Governance solutions for Business. Cliqz is the perfect home for Ghostery. Being part of a consumer-focused company in Cliqz, consumers will enjoy an enhanced online privacy experience.”

As part of the transaction, Evidon will retain aggregated data about trackers that are contributed anonymously and voluntarily by Ghostery users. This ensures no change to the services currently provided by Evidon to its enterprise clients.

As Ghostery has been moved to the German jurisdiction, users benefit from one of the strictest and consumer-friendliest privacy laws in the world. Cliqz and Ghostery will combine algorithmic with blocklist anti-tracking approaches to the world’s leading privacy-protection technology. The combined technology will be implemented in both Ghostery and Cliqz products. It will improve website loading time by blocking common trackers and protect users from increasingly aggressive data gathering methods.

 

Browse and search privately
Cliqz doesn’t collect any data about individual users and protects users from being tracked by third parties when browsing the web. In addition, the Cliqz browser and browser extensions offer an innovative, anonymous quick-search function. As users type queries or website names, it shows website suggestions directly. Just one click and you are there. As Cliqz quick-search is strictly anonymous, it protects users while searching the web.

Beta versions of the privacy-enhancing Cliqz browsers for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS as well as the Cliqz Firefox extension are already are available for US-English free of charge at https://cliqz.com/products.

The free Ghostery desktop browser extensions are available for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. Mobile users can download the iOS or Android app free of charge at http://ghostery.com/products.

Even before the release of integrated products, users already can have a glimpse on the joint power of Ghostery and Cliqz anti-tracking by activating Ghostery in the Cliqz desktop browser, or by using both the Cliqz and Ghostery extensions for Firefox in parallel.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, more than 100 experts from over 30 countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy.

Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media corporations. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with 900,000 daily active users in just a few months. The Cliqz browser for Mac and Windows with integrated anti-tracking launched in March 2016, quickly followed by apps for iOS and Android. In February 2017, Cliqz announced that it took over the consumer operations of Ghostery.


About Ghostery

Ghostery offers a free browser extension and mobile browser that make browsing the internet cleaner, faster, and safer.  Ghostery detects and blocks tracking technologies on the websites you visit to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data and privacy.  It also keeps you informed on what companies are tracking you and gives you the tools you need to determine what to block and when.

Ghostery was created in 2008 and is based in New York City.  Cliqz GmbH, a German-based company headquartered in Munich, Germany, and backed by Mozilla and Hubert Burda Media, acquired Ghostery from Evidon, Inc. in 2017.

Ghostery continues to innovate and evolve its products to provide the most effective tool in building a more private internet that puts the needs of users first.

Learn more at @ghostery and http://www.ghostery.com.


Press contact

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press release: Cliqz browser with anti-tracking on all major platforms

Press release


Cliqz browser with tracking protection is now available for all major operating systems

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

 

Munich; 04 September 2016: The Cliqz anti-tracking function is now available in all versions of the Cliqz browser – following Windows, Mac, Linux and Android, now iOS. Cliqz’s anti-tracking system is a proprietary development of the Munich-based Cliqz GmbH. With the help of statistical methods, it offers high-precision protection against trackers. The Cliqz browser can be downloaded free of charge from the website of Cliqz GmbH: http://cliqz.com/download

“Our studies show the extent to which data from Internet users can be intercepted. Everybody can do something to protect his or her data. To make tracking protection available to everyone, we have designed the function used in our browser in such a way that it does not require any configuration,” said Jean-Paul Schmetz, the founder of Cliqz.

Alarming magnitude

According to our study “Tracking the Trackers” (with data from September 2015), trackers collect insecure data in over three quarters of page loads – intentionally or not. Cliqz defines data on the basis of which individual users could be identified and tracked through the web as insecure.

In a new survey, we examined how the two largest tracking companies developed on year later. Google and Facebook dramatically increased their tracking power.

Year:              2016               2015
Google:        68.6%              62.4%
Facebook:     37,2%             23.1%

Data basis:   Page loads from Cliqz users during one week, end of September = 100%.

Tracking protection
Cliqz anti-tracking protection does something more than just block cookies. Cliqz uses statistical methods and spots any piece of data that could be used to identify and track individual users. Cliqz overwrites these data before they can be sent to a third party by tracking scripts.

Browser with anonymous search engine
A new type of search engine has been integrated into Cliqz. When information is input into the address bar, website suggestions appear almost in real-time – without taking a detour that leads through separate search results. Because the search is done completely anonymous by the Cliqz quick search engine, users can protect their privacy. Cliqz offers a counter-concept to those of search engine providers that store search data and use data from other sources to compile personal dossiers.

Cliqz browser (iOS version) with built-in tracking protection.

Browser with integrated search engine
A new type of search engine has been integrated into Cliqz for Android. When information is input into the address bar, boxes containing suggested websites will appear almost simultaneously. Just click a box and you are sent to the place where you want to be – without taking a detour that leads through separate search results. Wrong page? Just swipe to the next page and the one after it.

Because the Cliqz quick search engine displays relevant boxes as you type each letter, you frequently have the right search result even before you have finished typing. It takes just a few keystrokes to obtain the exact result you want. Popular or frequently visited website addresses are even automatically supplemented. In addition, Cliqz intelligently includes entries in the browser chronicle. Websites and content can be found in a snap as a result.

Cliqz displays useful information like weather forecasts, flight status, exchange rates, news headlines and football scores in smart results directly in the browser. Even more, users get all of these benefits even when the data link is poor.

Cliqz’s quick search is based on search engine technology developed by Cliqz GmbH itself. This technology works in tandem with a web index that the company also developed, independently of all other providers. The Cliqz quick search is designed for searches with navigation purposes and brings users directly to their goal more than 80 percent of the time. For more comprehensive searches about a term, product or topic (exploratory searching), Cliqz will directly connect users to conventional search engines – they just have to click the fourth box. Google is the default supplementary search engine. Users can also select a different one if they want.

Cliqz stands for privacy
The entire architecture used by Cliqz is based on the principle of privacy by design. The critical factor is the difference between usage data and user data. Cliqz servers store only anonymous, statistical usage data. Cliqz does not collect user data and any data that could be used to draw any conclusions about the Internet usage behaviour of individual users or individuals.

Transparent and open
The entire Cliqz browser is based on open source browser technologies (Cliqz for Windows, Mac and Linux and iOS on Firefox; Cliqz for Android on Lightning). Even the software code of the Cliqz applications is open source and is publicly available to anybody as a result. This is also the case for the Cliqz browser, the search engine and the human web technology used for the creation of the web index. As a result, anyone can see for himself or herself that Cliqz does not collect a single bit of personal data.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German start-up Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, approximately 100 experts from 30 different countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy. Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The company then developed standalone a browser for all major platforms. Since 2016, the Cliqz browser with built-in quick search and anti-tracking now is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. More on cliqz.com


Press contact

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press release: Cliqz for Android 1.0

Press release


Cliqz for Android 1.0

New version of the mobile browser comes with anti-tracking-tool to protect privacy

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich; 22 September 2016: The Munich-based Cliqz GmbH has just released the 1.0 version of its mobile browser, an Android app that features integrated quick-search and data-protection functions. In developing the app, the company set out to accomplish one specific goal: to provide everything as directly as possible while being both secure and anonymous. The new version also includes an anti-tracking function. The free app can be downloaded from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.cliqz.browser

“What you search for online and the websites you visit are none of anybody’s business,” said Jean-Paul Schmetz, the founder of Cliqz. “For us, it boils down to one simple statement: We don’t collect any data whatsoever about users. As a European company, we consciously act as an alternative to providers who unabashedly help themselves to the very private data of their users. We even go a step further and actively protect our users from the prying eyes of trackers.”

Protection from data vultures
The most critical improvement added to version 1.0 of Cliqz for Android is: The anti-tracking function that desktop users gained in March is now available for mobile purposes. With no configuration effort necessary, it effectively protects users from monitoring of their Internet activities by trackers. Cliqz does something more than just block cookies. Its anti-tracking function overwrites all data sent to third parties by tracking scripts that can be used to identify individual users.

This is necessary because the particularly tenacious members of the tracking community continuously add new weapons to their arsenals and employ increasingly sophisticated methods designed to recognise users of websites, monitor them and record their activities as completely as possible. People who use the Cliqz browser can turn the tables and monitor the anti-tracking window to see who is trying to latch onto identifiable data.

Cliqz Android Browser: Anti-Tracking
Cliqz Android Browser: Anti-Tracking

Browser with integrated search engine
A new type of search engine has been integrated into Cliqz for Android. When information is input into the address bar, boxes containing suggested websites will appear almost simultaneously. Just click a box and you are sent to the place where you want to be – without taking a detour that leads through separate search results. Wrong page? Just swipe to the next page and the one after it.

Because the Cliqz quick search engine displays relevant boxes as you type each letter, you frequently have the right search result even before you have finished typing. It takes just a few keystrokes to obtain the exact result you want. Popular or frequently visited website addresses are even automatically supplemented. In addition, Cliqz intelligently includes entries in the browser chronicle. Websites and content can be found in a snap as a result.

Cliqz displays useful information like weather forecasts, flight status, exchange rates, news headlines and football scores in smart results directly in the browser. Even more, users get all of these benefits even when the data link is poor.

Cliqz’s quick search is based on search engine technology developed by Cliqz GmbH itself. This technology works in tandem with a web index that the company also developed, independently of all other providers. The Cliqz quick search is designed for searches with navigation purposes and brings users directly to their goal more than 80 percent of the time. For more comprehensive searches about a term, product or topic (exploratory searching), Cliqz will directly connect users to conventional search engines – they just have to click the fourth box. Google is the default supplementary search engine. Users can also select a different one if they want.

Cliqz stands for privacy
The entire architecture used by Cliqz is based on the principle of privacy by design. The critical factor is the difference between usage data and user data. Cliqz servers store only anonymous, statistical usage data. Cliqz does not collect user data and any data that could be used to draw any conclusions about the Internet usage behaviour of individual users or individuals.

Transparent and open
The entire Cliqz browser is based on open source browser technologies (Cliqz for Windows, Mac and Linux and iOS on Firefox; Cliqz for Android on Lightning). Even the software code of the Cliqz applications is open source and is publicly available to anybody as a result. This is also the case for the Cliqz browser, the search engine and the human web technology used for the creation of the web index. As a result, anyone can see for himself or herself that Cliqz does not collect a single bit of personal data.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, approximately 100 experts from 30 different countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy.Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The version 1.0 of the Cliqz browsers for Mac and Windows with integrated anti-tracking launched in March 2016; the ones for iOS and Android followed in September


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Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press Release: Mozilla invests in Cliqz

Press release


Mozilla invests in Cliqz

Mozilla Makes Strategic Investment in Cliqz to Enable Privacy-Focused Search Innovation

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Mountain View, CA, and Munich, Germany; 23 August 2016: Mozilla today announced a strategic investment in Cliqz GmbH to enable innovation of privacy-focused search experiences. Cliqz is headquartered in Munich and majority-owned by internationally operating media and technology company Hubert Burda Media. Mozilla is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and is the creator of the Firefox web browser.

The Cliqz for Firefox Add-on is already available as a free download. It adds to Firefox an innovative quick search engine as well as privacy and safety enhancements such as anti-tracking. Cliqz quick search is optimized for German language and shows website suggestions, news and information to enable users to search and get to what they want more quickly. In case users need more or different website suggestions, they can easily redirect their search to another search engine. Cliqz’s privacy-by-design architecture technology guarantees that no personal data or personally identifiable information is transmitted or saved on its servers.

Jean-Paul Schmetz, Founder and Managing Director, Cliqz: “Mozilla is the ideal company for Cliqz to work with because we both believe in an open Internet where people have control over their data. Data and search are our core competencies and it makes us proud to contribute our search and privacy technologies to the Mozilla ecosystem.“

Mark Mayo, Senior Vice President, Mozilla Firefox said, “Mozilla is excited to work with Cliqz because we see how their products align with the Mozilla mission. We are proud to help advance the privacy-focused innovation from Cliqz through this strategic investment in their company.”

In addition to the Firefox Add-on, Cliqz quick search is available in Cliqz’s own browsers for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Cliqz is the first browser with a built-in quick search that enables users to search and get to what they want more quickly by showing website suggestions, news and information. . The Cliqz desktop and iOS versions are built on Mozilla Firefox open source technology and offers built-in privacy and safety features: Cliqz anti-tracking and anti-phishing, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS Everywhere.

About Mozilla

Mozilla is a pioneer and advocate for the Open Web for more than 15 years. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. For more information, visit www.mozilla.org.

About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, approximately 100 experts from 30 different countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy.
Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The Cliqz browser for Mac and Windows with integrated anti-tracking launched in March 2016. The Cliqz browser with built in quick search engine is also available for iOS and Android. cliqz.com

About Hubert Burda Media

Hubert Burda Media, headquartered in Munich, is an international technology and media company with over 540 brands and products that are oriented to the needs of consumers. Burda has 175 million users and approximately 60 million paying consumers. Its commercial success is driven by over 10,000 employees around the world: Burda is active in 19 markets, above all in Germany – where it is one of the countries’ largest media groups – in Europe, the United States and Asia. Innovation is the driving force behind the organization, which builds on its original roots and values as a family-owned company. Burda has been a pioneer in adopting digital technology and is a trusted partner for the long-term success of digital business. Examples include etsy.com (invested since 2006) or Xing (invested since 2009). With DLD (Digital, Life, Design) Hubert Burda Media has established a global network on innovation, digitization, science and culture with conferences around the world. www.hubert-burda-media.com


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Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
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+49 89 9250 1833

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Cliqz GmbH
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Hubert Burda Media
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Press Release: Cliqz Goes Open Source

Cliqz Goes Open Source

”Pioneer of full transparency and certified security standards”

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, Germany; June 9, 2016: The vendor of integrated browser and search applications Cliqz GmbH (http://cliqz.com) has published its software code on https://github.com/cliqz-oss. The code of the Cliqz browser (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) and the Firefox extension is now completely open source, including the client-side parts of the search, anti-tracking and Human Web technology. Cliqz also offers a transparency cockpit. Users can see in real time which data leave their computer and how the data are processed. Furthermore, the German Association for Technical Inspection TÜV Saarland has awarded Cliqz the Certificate for Data Protection for its desktop browser, Firefox extension, infrastructure and processes.

The Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac is free of charge and offers a quick search engine and privacy protection tools. To build its web index, Cliqz applies its own Human Web technology: the users create the statistical data about the relevance and security of websites in completely anonymous way. The Human Web is built on the principle of privacy-by-design, which guarantees that no personally identifiable data is stored on Cliqz servers.

“We are transparency pioneers. We aim to offer users full control over their data”, said Marc Al-Hames, General Manager, Cliqz. ”Our search and security features only work with anonymous, statistical data and never use any data about individual users. You don’t need to trust that claim. Now that our source code is open, you can validate it.“

Cliqz for Windows, Cliqz for Mac and Cliqz for Linux (beta) are based on the popular open source browser Mozilla Firefox and can be downloaded for free at http://cliqz.com, where you will also find download links to the Cliqz iOS and Android apps.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, approximately 100 experts from 30 different countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy.
Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The Cliqz browser for Mac and Windows with integrated anti-tracking launched in March 2016. The Cliqz browser with built in quick search engine is also available for iOS and Android. cliqz.com


Press Contact

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press Release: Cliqz study reveals how tracking threatens privacy

Cliqz study reveals how tracking threatens privacy

In three quarters of all visits to websites, data on the basis of which users could be identified and tracked is sent to third parties.

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, 8 March 2016: Tracking is widespread on the Internet. In September 2015, the Munich-based company Cliqz GmbH, a provider of Internet browsers with integrated search and data privacy technologies, carried out a Germany-wide study with 200,000 users. The study looked at the risks of tracking for users’ privacy. 21 million page loads of five million websites on 350,000 different domains were analysed.

According to our study “Tracking the Trackers”, trackers collect insecure data in over three quarters of page loads – intentionally or not. Cliqz defines data on the basis of which individual users could be identified and tracked through the web as insecure. As revealed in the study, Google is by far the biggest operator of trackers. Insecure data is transferred to Google in approx. 40% of page loads.

Why is tracking a risk to privacy?
In approx. three quarters of all page loads, data is passed on to trackers – data on the basis of which individual users could be identified and their activities on the web tracked. Why is this so alarming? Imagine that a user visits a number of websites which feature the same operator’s trackers one after another. These could be online shops and news sites but also erotic sites, sites with information regarding addictions or bankruptcy and forums where political activists converse with each other etc. The trackers’ databases store extremely private information which gives an insight not only into the user’s financial situation, interests and purchasing intentions but also their sexual orientation, health or political and religious beliefs. If the user then logs into their personal page on the popular service about.me for example, the highly personal information from previous website visits can be attributed to them. The data poses an imminent risk to their privacy.

We do not know what Google, Facebook, Amazon, Criteo and the countless other tracking operators do with the data. In most cases, it remains unclear who has access to the data, with which business partners the data is shared and what the data is actually used for. The US intelligence service NSA or the US judicial authorities can force US providers to issue data regarding German users. Hackers could also gain access to tracking data. At the very least, there is a risk that individual people could be spied on and that data could be leaked.

“Data on the basis of which people could be identified or tracked on the Internet should not be collected in the first place. However good the original intention was, intentions can change or the data could end up in the wrong hands. At Cliqz, we therefore classify such data as insecure. We protect our users against unwittingly transferring sensitive data. Private information should remain private,” explained Marc Al-Hames, Managing Director of Cliqz GmbH.

Cliqz prevents snooping
Anti-tracking is already built into the Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac. In order to identify insecure data, Cliqz uses statistics obtained with the help of its Human Web technology. Data elements sent by a number of users small enough to allow information about them to be obtained are classified as insecure.

The anti-tracking technology developed by Cliqz changes the data elements before they are sent to the tracker in such a way that it is no longer possible to obtain information about individual persons.

The Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac can be downloaded free of charge from http://cliqz.com. It comprehensively protects users’ privacy – even for users with no technical background.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, approximately 100 experts from 30 different countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy.
Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The Cliqz browser for Mac and Windows with integrated anti-tracking launched in March 2016. The Cliqz browser with built in quick search engine is also available for iOS and Android. cliqz.com


Press Contact

Thomas Konrad
PR & Communications, Cliqz
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


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Press Release: Cliqz – the browser innovation with integrated quick search and anti-tracking

Cliqz – the browser innovation with integrated quick search and anti-tracking

With the first browser featuring an integrated search engine and its innovative anti-tracking technology, Cliqz is revolutionising Internet navigation: direct, quick, secure and guaranteed to be anonymous.

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Munich, 8 March 2016: Today, the Munich-based start-up Cliqz presents Version 1.0 of its browser of the same name for Windows and Mac. For the first time ever, Cliqz integrates search engine, browser and data technologies to create a tool for a new type of web navigation: a quick search within the browser instead of via separate search engine websites. With its own web index and a whole host of innovations, Cliqz is the German alternative to the platforms that dominate the market.

The new technologies also include solutions for protecting user privacy. For example, Cliqz now offers innovative, particularly precise anti-tracking technology. According to a Cliqz study, tracking is very widespread. In approx. eight out of ten page loads, data is sent to trackers – data on the basis of which users could be identified and their activities tracked. Cliqz therefore classifies these data as insecure. As revealed in the study, Google is by far the biggest collector of data. Various Google trackers transfer insecure data in approx. four out of ten page loads.

Version 1.0 of the Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac can now be downloaded free of charge from http://cliqz.com.

Innovations for a new Internet

  • For the first time in the history of the Internet, Cliqz integrates the key technologies browser and search.
  • With “quick search within the browser”, Cliqz has created an entirely new user interface for Internet navigation as an alternative to traditional search engine websites.
  • The Cliqz search engine works with its own web index, making it the only German search engine that is independent of US providers.
  • Personalisation without personal data: By combining the results from its search engine with browser data (history, bookmarks), Cliqz provides individual website suggestions. Browser data is processed locally – this means that it remains on the user’s device, in their possession and under their control.
  • With the Human Web, Cliqz has developed a completely new technology in order to collect statistical data for assessing the relevance and security of websites. The user community contributes to the Cliqz web index – with data that is guaranteed to be anonymous.
  • The Human Web data also serves as a basis for the anti-tracking and anti-phishing solutions developed by Cliqz.
  • Cliqz anti-tracking distinguishes between “secure” and “insecure” tracking. The technology developed by Cliqz prevents the transfer of insecure data by which users could be identified.
  • Cliqz is synonymous with uncompromising privacy. The entire architecture is designed in such a way that no data which could provide information about users and their web browsing habits is stored on Cliqz servers. Human Web data is encrypted and transferred via a proxy network. The Privacy by Design principle guarantees anonymity.
  • Cliqz collects and processes data responsibly, proving that big data and data privacy need not be a contradiction.
  • Cliqz is synonymous with transparency. The Cliqz browser offers a real-time overview of the data sent.

“The success of our Firefox add-on has encouraged us to develop our own browser as a platform for our search engine and data privacy technologies. Today, we are releasing Version 1.0 of Cliqz for Windows and Cliqz for Mac with an integrated anti-tracking function,” said Jean-Paul Schmetz, founder of Cliqz. “As a result, we are bringing together what belongs together: browser and search engine, privacy and convenience, data privacy and big data.”

The Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac can be downloaded free of charge from http://cliqz.com. You will also find links to the Cliqz apps for Android and iOS and to the Cliqz Firefox add-on (Windows, Mac, Linux) here.


About Cliqz

The mission of the German startup Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, approximately 100 experts from 30 different countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy.
Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The Cliqz browser for Mac and Windows with integrated anti-tracking launched in March 2016. The Cliqz browser with built in quick search engine is also available for iOS and Android. cliqz.com


Press Contact

Thomas Konrad
PR & Communications, Cliqz
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833


Cliqz GmbH Profile

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Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

About Cliqz GmbH

The mission of the German start-up Cliqz is to redesign the Internet for the user by combining the power of data, browser, and search. In Munich, over100 experts from more than 30 countries develop browsers and browser extensions with integrated search engines to bring users to their destination in the most direct way while protecting their privacy. Jean-Paul Schmetz founded Cliqz GmbH in 2008. Since May 2013, Cliqz GmbH has been majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s leading media and tech companies. In August 2016, Mozilla joined as a strategic minority investor. With Cliqz for Firefox launched in June 2014, the concept of searching quickly via the browser gained traction fast with more than a million daily active users in just a few months. The company then developed standalone a browser for all major platforms. Since 2016, the Cliqz browser with built-in quick search and anti-tracking now is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.


Press Contact

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
Tel.: +49 89/9250 1833


Managing Directors of Cliqz

Executive Bios

Short CVs of the General Mangers of the Cliqz GmbH:
Jean-Paul Schmetz (Founder), Marc Al-Hames

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
+49 89 9250 1833

Jean-Paul Schmetz, who has a master’s degree in philosophy, is the founder and CEO of Cliqz GmbH. He is also the company’s Chief Scientist, with the task of driving the digital transformation of Hubert Burda Media. Schmetz is convinced that bringing together data, the search and the browser can redesign the Internet in the interests of the user.

Before Dr Marc Al-Hames became a director of Cliqz GmbH, he was Head of Business Development at Tomorrow Focus AG and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Al-Hames holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and IT from the TU Munich. He believes that data should work for the Internet user – not the other way around.


Press Contact

Thomas Konrad
Cliqz GmbH
press@cliqz.com
Tel.: +49 89/9250 1833