Quad9 is the first DNS security solution to extend GDPR privacy protection for internet users around the world.
ZURICH, 17 February 2021 / PRNewswire / – Quad9, a global non-profit Domain Name System (DNS) security platform, today announced that it has moved its headquarters from California to Zürich, Switzerland supported by the Packet Clearing House and SWITCH.
Quad9 has distinguished itself from other DNS providers by voluntarily placing itself in a jurisdiction that strictly enforces privacy laws of the highest global standards. Considered a bastion of individual rights, Switzerland has a legal privacy regime that is aligned with European standard General Data Protection Regulations. It provides individuals with enforceable enforceable and effective remedies, giving Quad9 users worldwide the full protection of Swiss law. These and other important concessions and legal findings from the Swiss government guaranteeing the privacy and safety of Quad9 users, have made choosing Quad9 domicile a natural choice.
Quad9 is the only global DNS security provider that offers this universal privacy protection.
Privacy by law
Unlike commercial DNS operators, which benefit from the sale of users’ personal information and internet browsing history, Quad9 does not collect personal information. User inquiries and addresses are not collected or logged, and therefore no third party has access to them. Quad9 is a non-profit organization with transparent governance and finance, supported by donations, and dedicated exclusively to operating private and secure DNS services.
“The privacy protection claims of a DNS security solution are meaningful only if they are legally bound and enforced by an empowered authority. Privacy policies that are not backed by law are empty promises, “he said John Todd, general manager of Quad9.
Quad9 is under the supervision of the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner and is subject to Swiss jurisdiction. The Swiss Data Protection Act does not contain any restrictions on the nationality or residence of individuals whose personal rights are protected by law. Using the Quad9, anyone in the world can receive the same protections, enforced in full law, as a Swiss citizen.
Domain Name System Privacy Risk
Every time a user uses the internet, they leave a digital footprint. A recursive DNS provider is a bottleneck through which all user actions go, and it is where personal information can be scrutinized, recorded and turned into documents for sale. Unlike other major DNS providers, which are domiciled at United States of America, a jurisdiction that protects them from user privacy claims and liability, Quad9 has placed itself under the legally binding authority of powerful privacy regulators. The power of Swiss law, combined with Quad9‘The mission and privacy practices are transparent, ensuring that personal data will never be collected, analyzed, or sold.
Protection Against Cyber Crime
Independent tests show that Quad9 also prevents users’ devices from connecting to 97% of malicious websites. To achieve this level of success, Quad9 collects information from multiple cyber threat analysts, now including SWITCH, to form a complete database of unique malicious domains. When Quad9 users connect to the internet, Quad9 checks their destination in that database and blocks the connection if connecting to it would harm the user. Quad9 operates in more than 150 locations in ninety countries and protects internet users from more than sixty million malicious attacks every day.
Collaboration With SWITCH
Move Quad9 to Switzerland facilitated by SWITCH, one of them Switzerland‘competency center for internet security. The foundation operates several critical infrastructures and has been committed to greater cybersecurity for decades to make the internet a safer place for its users. SWITCH takes place in Quad9‘foundation board and contribute to Quad9‘s governance.
“In less than five years, Quad9 has built a global alternative to commercial DNS platforms that are focused on profiting from user data, “said Tom Kleiber, the managing director of SWITCH. “We look forward to developing Quad9‘reach and impact to show internet users around the world that security can be increased without exploiting their privacy. ”
Quad9 is free and available worldwide. Users can configure their computer’s DNS resolver to 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 and 2620: FE :: FE. For step-by-step guides or other advanced options, please visit https://quad9.net.
Quad9 is a recursive DNS service that provides cybersecurity protection against malware and phishing. As a non-profit organization, Quad9 does not collect or resell personal data and provides trusted services to individuals and organizations free of charge and without a contract. The organization was launched in 2017 and now operates in more than 150 locations in 90 countries. Quad9 exists to enhance the protection and privacy of end users around the world in addition to promoting internet stability and security.
Learn more at https://www.quad9.net
SWITCH is a trusted partner for digitalisation issues of concern to the education, research and innovation communities Switzerland. Independent foundations help universities and other partners take advantage of digitization possibilities within and outside the academic world. SWITCH has been the registry for .ch and .li domain names since the early days of the internet. As one of the Switzerland as a security competency center on the internet, SWITCH operates a multi-sector CERT providing services to universities, domain registration, banks, industry, logistics and the energy sector.
Learn more at https://www.switch.ch
Press conference, 17 February 2021 in 11am (CET): https://swit.ch/quad9
Vrge strategy, Adam Benson, [email protected]
SWITCH, Roland Eugster, [email protected]