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Type of site
Web search engine
Available inMultilingual
OwnerHulbee AG
Created byAndreas Wiebe
LaunchedJune 26, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-06-26)
Current statusOnline

Swisscows is a web search engine launched in 2014, a project of Hulbee AG, a company based in Egnach, Switzerland.[1][2] It uses semantic data recognition that give faster "answers" to queries and claims to not store users' data.[3][4][5] Swisscows also deems itself "family-friendly", with explicit results entirely omitted.[3][6][7] The engine's servers are based in underground data centers under the Swiss Alps, and geographically outside of EU and US.[8]

Swisscows uses Bing for web search, but has also built its own index for the German language edition.[9][7] It also has shopping search, music search (powered by SoundCloud), and a language translator powered by Yandex.


Swisscows was founded in 2014 by Andreas Wiebe.[7]

As of 2018, there were 20 million monthly search queries, according to Hulbee CEO, Andreas Wiebe.[10]

In January 2021, the company launched TeleGuard, a messaging app that intends to focus on privacy and data protection.[11]

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  1. ^ "Imprint - Swisscows".
  2. ^ "Swiss search engine jumps for moon". Le News. September 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Kaye, Jason. "You mean there are other options?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2021-03-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Swiss software company Hulbee AG launches smart and secure search engine | The Swiss Startup News channel".
  5. ^ "On practicing safe search: fine tuning, privacy-friendly searches, and learning more — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch".
  6. ^ "Avoid Google and Bing: 7 Alternative Search Engines That Value Privacy". MakeUseOf.
  7. ^ a b c "Internet search services: Europe's quest for online privacy | DW | 04.08.2020". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2021-03-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Datacenter - Swisscows".
  9. ^ "European Davids vs Goliath: Privacy search engines aim to challenge Google | Financial Post". November 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google". AP NEWS. November 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Instant Messenger Teleguard ohne persönliche Angaben nutzbar". January 20, 2021.

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