The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union clearly states in Article 8:
Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.
We believe that this has become increasingly difficult in an age where private data is being harvested in masses as described by Shoshana Zuboff with the term surveillance capitalism.
Surveillance capitalism in short is the growth and income focus of capitalism paired with the information gathered from huge amounts of personal data. This combination results in more and better tracking of user behavior to exploit them financially.
Our mission at Safing is to make sure everyone can protect their digital selves without making compromises in usability or privacy. We give users back control over their data.
To ensure maximum privacy for our users and to build trust we need to be transparent in every aspect. That’s why we publish all of our hard work as open source. This way you can have a look at our source code and inspect if we truly stay to our word.
Taking money always means opening up to influences. That is why we see it as our responsibility to be thoughtful about taking investments. We do not want parties to gain influence which do not or might not stand behind our values. That is why in our current funding phase we took more personal risks instead of selling parts of our company for easy money.
Transparent Funding Policy
For us, ethical funding also means we want to make sure that our users know who paid for the programs and services they use.
As a result we have adopted a transparent funding policy to openly share how we are funded. All our funding (and partnerships) will remain public!
Clear Business Model
Instead of pushing a free product and worry about the business model later (cough - selling user data - cough) we want to have that part figured out right from the start. So this is how we’ll do it:
Portmaster is and always will be free. ‘Put you back in control of your data’ is our core vision, which is why we concluded to release Portmaster for free.
Gate17 will be a subscription based service. Of course we need to cover our costs and pay our bills. But more importantly we want to have the funds to further engage in our mission and to extend our services. That is why we decided on the subscription model - instead of building just on donations - which we feel would be infeasible.
If you want to support us, use Gate17! And if you want to go further, get involved in our community!
Funding and Partnerships updated 09.2018
Financially, we started out with a funding from Netidee in 2017, a initiative by the Internet Foundation Austria that funds open source projects. We also started to invest our personal time and money to further push the project, which would drastically increase over the next year. In 2018, we finished the Netidee funded project scope, and became participant in the ESA-BIC Austria.