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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.
eTools.ch is a product of the company Comcepta AG und extends its Privacy Policy.
The following information applies analogously to the Androidâ„¢ app eTools Private Search.

Data Collection

The eTools.ch webserver 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.
Each time you access eTools.ch, it analyzes the data sent by your browser (e.g. preferred language or IP address) in order to optimally adapt eTools.ch to your needs. This data is also used to detect and block automated queries, remains in memory for a short time and is not shared or stored. For example, we detect that you are from a country (country code: US) that is not subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
We would like to point out that data may be collected by external advertising providers (see Advertising Banner).
If you contact eTools.ch by feedback form or directly by e-mail, we may use your information to communicate with you. eTools.ch will neither use your data for other purposes nor pass it on to third parties in any way. After conducted communication, your data will be deleted.
By using the Refer Us form, your information will be sent to the e-mail address you provide, optionally with a copy to yourself. eTools.ch does not evaluate this information in any way.

Cookies

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 uses only HTTPS. 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 compared to HTTP 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). The Sponsored Links are also external data sources.

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.

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 (you are viewing the desktop version). 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 mostly apply user tracking for behavioral retargeting.
Ways to avoid user tracking include:

As explained above, eTools.ch integrates external advertising networks that use cookies for the technical delivery of advertising. These can also be used to track usage behavior and deliver usage-based advertising.
The following advertising networks are integrated by eTools.ch:

TrafficHub
Data protection policy: Imprint of Traffichub AG (in German).

adwebster
Data protection policy: Data Protection Policy, opt-out possibility: Tracking opt-out.

Converto
Data protection policy: Privacy Policy of Converto AG (in German).

Xtraa
Data protection policy and opt-out possibility: Privacy Policy for Online Advertising (in German).

Further, you can opt-out from all advertising marketers affiliated with the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), i.e. also from advertising networks that are not used by eTools.ch. Likewise, the European advertising industry has in-depth background information and also opt-out possibilities for each European country.

Changes

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.

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