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eTools.ch - Privacy Statement

eTools.ch takes the protection of your privacy very seriously. For this reason, we would like to briefly explain when and which information we store and how we use it. The following information applies analogously to the Androidâ„¢ app eTools Private Search.

Data Collection

eTools.ch does not collect or share personal information.
Consequently, eTools.ch does not store your user agent, nor your IP address and uses no tracking tools, such as Google Analytics or eTracker.


An HTTP cookie contains data that is sent from the web server to your browser and back on each page request.
eTools.ch uses no tracking IDs in cookies. The use of eTools.ch is possible without cookies. The app eTools Private Search uses no Cookies.

eTools.ch uses two kinds of cookies:

A session cookie:
This cookie is not stored on your computer and is only valid during your visit at eTools.ch. The cookie will expire after closing the browser.

A persistent cookie:
This cookie is stored on your computer.
The Preferences page sets this kind of cookie to store your personal settings so that these can be applied automatically when revisiting eTools.ch.

In addition to these two eTools.ch-specific cookies, external advertising partners also set cookies (see Advertising Banner).

HTTPS (SSL/TLS Encryption)

eTools.ch supports and recommends the use of HTTPS (you are currently using HTTP). For that purpose, please enter in your browser the address https://www.etools.ch. It establishes a secure connection between your browser and the eTools.ch server, which supports Perfect Forward Secrecy (please see the independent SSL report from Qualys SSL Labs). The only drawback of using HTTPS is a slightly longer processing time.

External Data Sources

On each search request, eTools.ch queries several external data sources (search engines) in real time. Each source receives only your entered data, but nothing additional that would allow the source to identify you (e.g. by your IP address).

External Links

eTools.ch contains links to external web sites, in particular the search result pages.
We do not have any influence on the data protection policy of these web sites.
eTools.ch uses partly affiliate networks, by providing appropriate links. These links do not affect your privacy or the ranking of search results in any way.
For maximum privacy we recommend that you select both Preferences 'Use POST' and 'Redirect links'. This keeps your search terms out of the logs of sites that you reach from our results.
For privacy reasons we do not show images, which allow user-tracking, e.g. the popular Facebook "Like" button.

E-mail Addresses

If you contact eTools.ch by e-mail, we may use your information to respond to you. eTools.ch will not sell or disclose your data to any third parties.

In order to compensate a part of the hosting and development costs of eTools.ch, the desktop version of eTools.ch integrates on top of the page one advertising banner. This banner is fed within a so-called iframe by external ad networks. These ad networks will get no informatiom from your search, but they usually apply user tracking.
Ways to avoid user tracking include:


We reserve the right to change eTools.ch at any time. In doing so, it may be necessary to update this page accordingly. We therefore recommend checking this page regularly. With the use of eTools.ch you agree to the content described on this page.

Search Provider

Search faster by adding a search provider or search plugin to your browser.


Search Tip 9

The 'External Link Tool' contains links to famous websites, such as Wikipedia.
By using such a link, your last search term will be automatically forwarded to the designated website.


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