It’s been almost a year since Burda’s Cliqz search technology became part of the US company Brave Software. In an interview, Jean-Paul Schmetz, founder of Cliqz, explains more about the search technology.
Privacy settings on the Internet are often confusing and not user-friendly. For this reason, many users often unconsciously give their consent to the collection of personal data and do not even know what far-reaching access rights they grant websites and platforms in their private lives. The manufacturer of browser, search engine and data protection technologies Cliqz has therefore published the free software tool Re:consent, which discloses to users what data they share on the Internet through their consent based on their data and privacy settings.
Transparency instead of hidden settings
When visiting Google, Facebook and the numerous websites that use the so-called Consent Management Framework of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Re:consent shows which data it discloses and thus creates transparency. With Re:consent, users directly access hidden or complex privacy settings and can prohibit location access, facial recognition or tracking of their Internet activities using cookies and other tracking technologies. Re:consent is integrated into the Cliqz browser for Windows and Mac and is also available as an extension for the desktop browsers Chrome and Firefox.
Deception by dark patterns