Geens.com - operating from Belgium - is a nonprofit membership organisation (hereinafter - NPO) that provides information technology services to individuals, governments and businesses, governed by a legal and ethical data protection control. The platform lets the users save their private digital information securely and share the information to anybody else only on their own will and benefit.
2. What is the purpose of the NPO and what is my role in it?
Geens.com is an European Nonprofit Organisation. By law, you can become a member - very similarly to a shareholder in a “profit” organisation. Income that will be generated by geens.com will go directly to the members - imagine what that means if we realize profits that are made by major internet companies.
Geens.com is nonprofit and can never be sold. That is the law. All income will go back - by definition - towards the Geens NPO community. As you are a member of the community and you have a voting right, it is you who will make decisions.
3. Where on earth Geens data are actually stored?
Geens NPO is a European nonprofit organisation working under EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and storing data only in Europe. Data stored on servers are always encrypted and can be viewed only by you.
1. Can I get a personal plan to use Geens?
Yes, geens.com is a nonprofit organisation that provides information technology services to individuals. To use Geens personally, register at www.geens.com/user/register.
To get extra features and advanced options, any European can acquire a membership at www.geens.com/membership.
2. Can I install Geens on my device?
Geens.com is a web application that can run on any device with browser and internet connection. Currently, Geens is launching a native Android app (beta version link) to view offline files and backup on device local storage in order to access your data on the go without Internet connection. Upcoming feature of Geens.com is a Desktop app for PC and MAC featuring encrypted folder syncing and backup on your local hard drive.
3. How do I store my files in Geens?
Files are stored in geens.com through the Web app or Android app.
Geens ecosystem allows third parties to use and integrate Geens file management API to their own platforms for users to download or upload encrypted files directly.
4. Is it possible to deploy geens.com?
Yes, it is possible to deploy geens.com in your local environment. Thereby, enterprises are allowed to store encrypted data on a local hardware while keeping availability and functionality of the Geens ecosystem. Please contact our support for the detailed information.
Geens privacy & security
1. How can I trust that Geens is really not going to look into my data?
You don’t need to trust Geens. Unlike Dropbox or Google Drive, your files are encrypted in your computer first and only then uploaded into the Geens system. This is called end-to-end encryption. Therefore, it is impossible for Geens to know the content of your files or even file names.
2. How can I be 100% sure that you really operate under the zero-knowledge principle?
Please refer to the Ethical Committee. The members consist of a mixture of captains of society, including professors from famous technology institutions. They guard Geens users in accordance with the ethical and privacy principles. If any concern about the Geens activity occur, the Ethical Committee can be contacted directly.
3. If Geens gets hacked, will the hacker be able to see my data?
Similarly, as Geens cannot see your data, the hacker will also not be able to see it. All your data are encrypted using your password. Theoretically speaking, the hacker can use a brute force method to try to guess your password, but if you set a strong password (15-20 symbols), guessing is practically impossible.
4. Why there is no possibility to recover my password?
If Geens allowed users to recover their lost passwords, our administrators would have been able to know them. Therefore, we operate under the zero-knowledge principle. It does not allow us to recover and see our users passwords and access their data. So we can guarantee a higher level of privacy and security than the traditional cloud service providers.
5. Can Geens system administrator access my files?
No. Geens encrypts your files to upload into the system before they leave your device.
Geens & GDPR
1. Why does the GDPR matter to your business?
The GDPR regulation unifies data protection in all EU countries. It applies from 25 May 2018 to any organisation that manages the personal data of individuals based in the EU, regardless where the organisation is registered. Non-compliance leads to severe fines up to a maximum of EUR 20 million, or 4% of global annual turnover.
Organisations have to take reasonable measures to protect their consumers and employees’ personal data and avoid any loss or revelation. It is achievable through data management and processing, user consent collection, company specific data protection cases, data breaches, etc. Learn more about GDPR here.
2. How does end-to-end encryption help meet GDPR requirements?
2.1. Using cloud is less risky with encryption
Using cloud based applications is efficient in your business. On the other hand, they could create risk or breaches of your data. To comply with GDPR, your organisation as a data collector or forwarder is responsible for protecting any third parties’ data during data assessment and management on your cloud based services. GDPR distinguishes encryption as one of the best ways to ensure data protection within your organisation.
2.2. Use encryption to keep your data safe and secure from third party access
There is always a risk of data leakage or breach especially when dealing with
third parties. End-to-end encryption assures that leaked data or data sets will stay unidentified. However, always keep in mind that “a confidentiality breach of personal data that were encrypted with a state of the art algorithm is still a personal data breach, and
has to be notified” to relevant supervisory authorities (WP29 Opinion 03/2014).
Comparison with competitors
1. Why Geens can be your top-ranked solution?
Dropbox/Amazon Drive/ Google Drive are one on the mostly used cloud storage and sharing tools based on huge environments and taking monopoly. On the contrary, Geens are creating privacy based ecosystem which empowers the people and saves their private life. Empowering means that you can express yourself without worrying about people or robots that can come after you. Privacy means that yes, after all, you want to keep some things for yourself.
Geens are working on health services, discussion and blogging platform, private voting system and other. The real value - you completely protect your privacy. Only you can access your stored data and exercise your right to be forgotten. The first goal of the platform is to protect your data and personality. It will help you to reach out to others and to new and private services.
Geens being a nonprofit organisation - owned by its users - could make this goals work, and give you - as a user - the maximum guarantee. As a member of the NPO, get all created value back to you. That is what geens.com is all about. And it’s already here!
Paying for services
1. What happens after my free trial expires?
Your trial is free of charge and is limited to 14 days. If you forget to cancel it before expiry, your subscription will be automatically renewed and billed according to the chosen plan until it’s cancelled.
2. What happens if I cancel my subscription I'm paying for?
Once you cancel your trial or subscription, it will be still active until the due date which is the final date of expiry as indicated on the ordered plan. For instance, if you cancel 14-day trial after 3 days from its order, it will be still active for another 11 days.
3. How can I pay for Geens?
You can pay using a credit card only.
4. What if I do not have a company credit card available?
You can use any credit card to make a payment.
Please note that Geens invoice will contain not your card number but the company details.
If you are experiencing payment issues, please contact our sales immediately and we will assist you with your request.
5. What will my invoice look like?
You will receive an invoice for each purchase with your payment (date of payment, paid amount, plan) and provided company details (name, address, company and VAT numbers).
6. Does the price include VAT?
Yes. If you operate in Belgium, a fixed 21% VAT applies.
7. Is there any discount available for Nonprofits?
Well… we are nonprofit and we help other nonprofits both like our partners and friends. Please contact our sales for more details and further collaboration.
And at the moment, individuals can use geens.com for free of charge.
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Geens.com - operating from Belgium - is a nonprofit membership organisation that provides information technology services to individuals, governments and businesses,
governed by a legal and ethical data protection control.
The platform lets the users save their private digital information securely and share the information to anybody else only on their own will and benefit.