Ghostery Goes Open Source
Demonstrates Commitment to Transparency and the Open Internet
New York—March 8, 2018—Ghostery, a provider of free software that makes your web browsing experience cleaner, faster, and safer by detecting and blocking third-party data-tracking technologies, announced today that it is going open source and the code for its popular browser extension is now publicly available on GitHub. This move demonstrates Ghostery’s commitment to transparency, empowering the public to see how Ghostery works and what types of data it collects, as well as the ability to make contributions to its source code.
“When it comes to putting users in control of their data, privacy and transparency are equally important. Only when individuals clearly understand what data digital products are collecting can they make meaningful decisions about what information they share and with whom,” said Jeremy Tillman, Director of Product at Ghostery. “Our software lets users see who tracks them and provides transparency into the impenetrable and secretive world of commercial online surveillance. In an effort to be as open as possible with our own users, we are following the example of our parent company, Cliqz, to publish Ghostery’s source code and make it freely available to the world. Beyond increasing our own transparency, becoming an open source product creates a tremendous opportunity for our user community to contribute to our code and join us in our effort to make the internet cleaner, faster, and safer.”
Ghostery has a very passionate and active user community. Most users already voluntarily contribute to statistics that are used by Ghostery and its parent company, Cliqz, to discover new trackers and unveil the invisible tracking ecosystem that pervades the web to assess the relevance and safety of websites. The technical basis for this data contribution is the Human Web, an open source data architecture built by Cliqz that uses anonymization and encryption technologies to prevent interception and to ensure these statistics contain no data about individual influencers, ensuring total privacy and transparency.
Ghostery’s privacy-enhancing browser extensions and mobile apps can be downloaded for free at https://ghostery.com/products.
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Ghostery is the first browser extension that makes your web browsing experience faster, cleaner and safer by detecting and blocking thousands of third-party data-tracking technologies – putting control of their own data back into consumers’ hands. Launched in 2009, Ghostery has more than seven million monthly active users who access the tool via the free apps or browser extensions. With its intuitive user interface, Ghostery enables average internet users to protect their privacy by default, while expert users benefit from a broad set of features and settings.
Headquartered in New York, the Ghostery apps and browser extensions are developed and operated by Ghostery, Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Cliqz GmbH. Cliqz is a German search, browser and data protection technology company backed by Hubert Burda Media. Neither Cliqz nor Ghostery share any data about individual users with third parties.