About PrivacyTools

You are being watched. Private and state-sponsored organizations are monitoring and recording your online activities.

At PrivacyTools, we provide services, tools, and knowledge to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance, and moderate a thriving community of privacy-minded individuals like yourself to discuss and learn about new advances in protecting your online data. This website serves as the centerpiece of our organization, where we research and recommend various software solutions for our community.

Transparency is our strongest value, and it's what sets us apart from the rest of the "privacy recommendations" community. Editorial changes to this website and the products we recommend are always discussed on our extensive issue tracker, drafted in a public pull request open for further discussion, and logged in a comprehensive commit log dating back to our original founding date in 2015. The core team members listed below are responsible for most of the edits and final decisions to changes on this website and across our services, but this website is truly the work of hundreds contributors and fact checkers working to make sure our recommendations are solid and trustworthy.

Additionally, we are a not-for-profit organization. We do not utilize paid recommendations or affiliate programs to make the recommendations on this website. Unfortunately this practice is very common elsewhere online, which makes it difficult to trust other review sites. We are unique in this area, in that all of our research is conducted independently, and we will never accept payments to modify, add, or remove any of our reviews or recommendations. Our finances are provided entirely by our community donors and sponsors, and are handled by the Open Collective Foundation 501(c)(3). Because we are operating as a charity in the United States, we are legally obligated to only use our funding to further our mission of spreading privacy education and promoting online services like Mastodon, Matrix, and WriteFreely. This website is a public resource, not a profit generator. To that regard, all our financial transactions (incoming and outgoing) are logged and made available to the public via our page at opencollective.com/privacytoolsio.

We take the operation of our various services very seriously, and require all participants to adhere to our Code of Conduct. For any questions or to report abuse, please see our CoC’s Enforcement section.

Core Contributors

Burung Hantu
Burung Hantu
Founder

I founded PrivacyTools in 2015 to share resources and tools, allowing users to avoid international mass-surveillance programs.

Jonah
Jonah
Administrator

I run the website and services for PrivacyTools. My goal is to spread the word about data privacy as widely as possible.

blacklight447
blacklight447
Community Manager

I research new privacy recommendations and moderate our communities. My expertise is endpoint security and networking.

Dan Arel
Dan Arel
ThinkPrivacy Editor

I'm an author, columnist, and privacy advocate whose work has appeared in Time, Huff Post, OpenSource, and more.

Dawid Potocki
Dawid Potocki
Developer

I'm a student interested in software development. I help improve PrivacyTools and promote using free libre software.

Daniel Gray
Daniel Gray
Contributor

I research and communicate with privacy-focused service providers to refine our recommendations, like email and VPN providers.

Mikaela
Mikaela
Contributor

I am interested in instant messengers. I review privacy tools, and participate in our forum, Matrix room, and issue tracker.

nitrohorse
nitrohorse
Developer

I'm a privacy advocate and software developer. I write web extensions, help research, and make updates to the site.

trai_dep
trai_dep
Subreddit Mod

I'm the moderator at r/Privacy and r/privacytoolsIO. Day to day, I am also – irony alert – an (ethical) digital marketer.

Of course, we couldn't do any of this without our very generous financial contributors, website contributors, and the countless community members that help share new ideas and spread the word! Thank you.

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Contact Us

It's very important to us to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in the privacy space. If you have a software recommendation for us, or want to request a change on this website, please don't hesitate to reach out in one of the following ways.

Start a discussion in our Discourse forum

Open an issue on GitHub

Suggest something new on our subreddit

For complete transparency, software and providers will only be considered for this website after discussions take place on our GitHub issue tracker. We of course don't make any changes in secret.

Join our Matrix room at #general:privacytools.io or join the privacytools_io Keybase team to chat with us and other members about this site and privacy in general! If you need a Matrix account, you can sign up with our own homeserver (https://chat.privacytools.io) using Riot.