Updated: August 5, 2020.
Who we are
PwOSS is a non-profit organisation.
We're people who want to get rid of the data collector. To achieve the freedom of Internet use.
So many people out there without knowing about the problems with data loss of their digital devices. The big companies, even small app developers, collect your data to make money with your data. They take advantage of your inexperience.
We want to show how "easy" it is to stop the "big data problem". Nobody knows what they will have to do in 10 years. In the worst case, you can lose your home and your job at the same time. Sharing data can make your life more difficult in the future. To find the right job, the right home or even a partner.
Sure, nobody knows. It's like insurance. Stop sending data now.... just in case.
Our main website address is
We're also hosting other services:
- https://searx.pwoss.org - Free search engine
- https://wiki.pwoss.org - Community Wiki / Tutorials
- https://git.pwoss.org -Gitea instance
- https://element.pwoss.org -Element/Matrix web chat
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
At our main domain - www.pwoss.org:
We don't use any cookie at our main domain.
We don't use any cookie at searx.pwoss.org from you but only if you're using the default options. If you change the "preferences - https://searx.pwoss.org/preferences" we have to save cookies on your PC. Otherwise, you have to change the option every time. What we saving is listed at " https://searx.pwoss.org/preferences - cookie" (after saving the new settings). So, even if you change some options we don't track you or save any data from you. The list below is showing what kind of cookies are necessary for your new settings. We could change the default but every person is different so we can't make it right for everyone.
At the end, it'll be your choice.
These cookies are necessary if you want to change the settings for the "searX" engine:
Gitea need the following cookies:
Element need the following cookie:
We don't use any cookie at www.wiki.pwoss.org.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
We don't use any analytics tools. We don't care where you from or what browser etc. you are using.
Who we share your data with / Where we send your data
The services (pwoss.org, git.pwoss.org, wiki.pwoss.org, element.pwoss.org and searx.pwoss.org) are hosted at Linode. Our email server as well.
Our domain is from namecheap.com.
How long we retain your data
We don't collect your data from pwoss.org, git.pwoss.org, wiki.pwoss.org, element.pwoss.org and searx.pwoss.org.
We need to collect your data if you sign up for element.pwoss.org.
But this is possible without email and/or phone number.
We don't collect data from git.pwoss.org if you're using the service without sign up.
We need to collect your data if you sign up for git.pwoss.org.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
How we protect your data
Our devices, which we're sending, writing to you with your personal details (email traffic, text, questions etc.) are encrypted. That means, if someone steal or if we loose our devices it'll be hard for everyone to get access to our data/your data. We're using Linux at our Desktop devices which are encrypted with LUKS. And we're using Andorid Phones which are encrypted as well and free of Google with Open Source Software. If we're using Closed Software they're blocked with a firewall or hasn't any internet aspiration.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our site. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our site, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.