The Munich-based start-up Cliqz, a German provider of browser, privacy, and search technologies, will focus on two business areas from May 1st, 2020 onwards, closing the browser and search technologies areas.
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.
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. 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.
“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.“
Jean-Paul Schmetz, Founder and Managing Director, Cliqz
“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.”
Mark Mayo, Senior Vice President, Mozilla Firefox
For further information please see the (German) press release from Mozilla.