Initially certified by EuroPriSe in July 2008 the web search engine Ixquick.com proofed its zero-data retention policy successfully against the demanding EuroPriSe criteria. Ixquick reduced its recording time of IP addresses from 48 hours to zero.

EuroPriSe Recertifies Privacy-Friendly Search Engine Ixquick.com

Kiel, January 28th, 2009

EuroPriSe today announces the recertification of the search engine Ixquick.com (www.ixquick.com) just in time for the Data Privacy Day. Ixquick.com stopped recording users’ IP-addresses as a rule and takes up a leading role in web search.

Data protection in the Internet is still not a matter of course. The data greediness of service providers remains huge. While searching the Internet, search engines register the time of search, the terms used, the sites visited and the IP address. Small files, so calledcookies are placed on the users’computer collecting behavioural and preference data about the user. The collected data serves to generate user profiles. The IP-address makes it possible to trace the computer, and may even reveal the household, that carried out the search.

In July 2008 the meta-search engine Ixquick.com gained the first European Privacy Seal (https://www.european-privacy-seal.eu/press-room/press-releases/20080714-europrise-press-release-en.html). Previously Ixquick.com deleted privacy details of its users after 48 hours. Recertification became necessary when the company strived to enhance its privacy friendly service further and reduced the retention time for IP-addresses down to zero. For recertification the EuroPriSe-evaluator checked the underlying technical solution and rated Ixquick’s data minimization “excellent”. The evaluation report was verified by the data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (ULD). In EuroPriSe, ULD carries out the task of an independent certification body. The short public report on Ixquick is available on the Internet at https://www.european-privacy-seal.eu/awarded-seals/de-080001p/.

“We are especially happy to recertify Ixquick.com and its zero-data retention policy in EuroPriSe because it implies substantial changes to improve people’s privacy” says Dr. Thilo Weichert, Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein and head of ULD.
 “EuroPriSe rewards privacy friendly solutions. With Ixquick non-storage of IP addresses, the waiver of tracking cookies and the implementation of a hash mechanism guarantees fair use of user data”explains project manager Kirsten Bock.

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Product/Version

REISSWOLF f.i.t.

v1.5; service function as provided in 05/2018

Qualification: IT product and IT-based service (processor service)

View the REISSWOLF f.i.t. certificate

Version of Certification Criteria

11/2011

Cert. No.

EP-S-X5TSCN

Validity

24/05/2018 - 31/05/2020

Monitoring

01/2019

09/2019

Public Report

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Manufacturer/Provider

REISSWOLF Systems GmbH

Im Heegen 13
22113 Oststeinbek
Germany

BEST

Access policies can be used to restrict system usage to specific times of the day and/or IP addresses to reduce the attack vector for third-party access. A user session is controlled by means of a cross-tab synchronised session countdown.

ATTENTION

Regarding the processing of personal data on third persons by means of f.i.t., it must be highlighted that the (usually) corporate users of the service qualify as controllers whereas REISSWOLF Systems GmbH acts as a processor on behalf of the users. Customers are advised that the legitimate use of the service may require the collection of the data subject's consent and/or declaration of release from confidentiality.

SUMMARY

REISSWOLF f. i. t. is a web-based archiving system for data storage and access. It serves the purpose of uploading, storing, managing and exchanging data in the sense of a document management system. f.i.t. is a web application that can be used with common internet browsers. 

DETAILS

REISSWOLF f. i. t. is primarily designed for commercial use. It is distributed by REISSWOLF Systems GmbH and operated as Software as a Service (SaaS) in a data center in Germany.

The ToE includes

  • The web-based service REISSWOLF f.i.t. (for details, please cf. the short public report)

It does not include

  • REISSWOLF f.i.t. mobile app
  • REISSWOLF f.i.t. hotfolder
  • Office module
  • Teamviewer
  • Other alternative interfaces to clients

Technical + Legal Evaluator

Ann-Karina Wrede
Innungsstraße 7
21244 Buchholz
Germany

Initial Certification: 05/2018

REISSWOLF f.i.t. provides a web-based service that enables companies to upload, store, manage and exchange data in the sense of a document management system. Users of the service are controllers in respect of personal data on third persons that is processed by means of f.i.t.. The service is designed in a way that facilitates the users' compliance with EU data protection law.

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European Privacy Seal for REISSWOLF f.i.t.