Why we don't collect any "personal data"
It's the best way to safeguard your privacy. If information isn't collected, it can't be stolen, demanded, leaked or abused.
How do we define "personal data"?
To maximize your privacy, we use a broad definition. Our definition of personal data is based on the privacy laws and regulations of the EU, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These are widely regarded as the strongest privacy protections in the world. We consider any information about you or your behavior that can be traced back to you as personal data.
Information we don't collect:
- We don't record your IP address
The only exception is for automated search requests (robots) that rapidly submit more queries to our servers than any normal human would. When our software detects potential abuse, we register and block the offending IP address in order to keep our service safe and free.
- We don't serve any tracking or identifying cookies
This is about "good" and "bad" cookies . Cookies are small pieces of data that are sent to your hard drive by websites you visit."Bad" cookies have unique elements that can track all kinds of personal information. We don't serve any of those. Ecotopio.com uses just one "good" cookie called "preferences" in order to remember the search preferences you choose. It's completely anonymous and expires after not visiting Ecotopio.com for 90 days.
We don't record your search queries
When you search, your query is automatically stripped of unnecessary metadata including your IP address and other identifying information. We send the anonymized search query to Google and return the search results to you. We don't log your searches.
To prevent abuse such as robotic high-volume querying, we anonymously determine the frequency of popular search keywords as a part of our anti-abuse measures, while protecting your privacy.
How we have implemented truly anonymous analytics
We do measure overall traffic numbers and some other – strictly anonymous – statistics. These stats may include the number of times our service is accessed by a certain operating system, a type of browser, a language, etc., but we don't know anything about individual users.
How we keep Ecotopio.com free without using "personal data"
Without tracking-ads - as we don't share personal info with anyone. Most online advertising today is personalized, meaning that online advertising services track what you do online and profile you in order to serve tailored ads. We don't do that at Ecotopio.com. No tracking. No profiling!
Our search result pages may include a small number of clearly labeled "sponsored links," which generate revenue and cover our operational costs. Those links are retrieved from platforms such as Google AdSense. In order to enable the prevention of click fraud, some non-identifying system information is shared, but because we never share personal information or information that could uniquely identify you, the ads we display are not connected to any individual user.
It's a myth that search engines need to profile you in order to earn decent money. Ecotopio.com serves strictly non-personalized ads. Sure, our ads make only a fraction of what other search engine ads make, but they pay all our bills.
We don't disclose or sell your contact information
When you contact us, we use your contact information to respond to you. We won't ever sell or share this information with anyone else.
How we respond to governmental requests for data
We'll only comply if we're legally obliged to do so. But we're not likely to receive requests by governments to hand over user data – because we simply don't have any.
We will never comply with any voluntary surveillance program
Fortunately, we are based in the EU, where we have strong laws that protect your right to privacy. European governments can't legally force service providers like Ecotopio.com to implement a blanket spying program.
Ecotopio.com complies with GDPR
We are located in the EU, and we fully comply with applicable privacy laws and regulations of the EU, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These are widely regarded as the strongest privacy protections in the world.
In the EU you have a "right to be forgotten"
Citizens in the EU have the right to request the deletion of search results that disclose their personal data when those results are inaccurate or no longer relevant. Find out how we have implemented this right here.
Like any other website, Ecotopio.com uses "Cookies". These files are used to store information, in our case user preferences and settings. This information is used to optimize the user experience by customizing the content of our website based on the user's preferences, browser type, etc. No personal information is ever collected or stored in cookies.
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