Unlike most other tools on the Internet, Tails comes for *free* as in *freedom*. We are not selling your data, sending you targeted advertising, nor will ever sell our project to a big company. We give out Tails for free simply because everybody deserves to be protected from surveillance and censorship. But also because being free software is a necessary requirement for our tools to be safe, and protect you as intended. If our source code was closed, there would be no way of actually verifying that our software is trustworthy.
We often hear complaints about the fact that many software projects that are meant to fight surveillance, like Tor and Tails, get a lot of funding from the US government whose own surveillance projects are severely criticized. We completely share this concern and we will worry about our accountability and sustainability as long as the survival of our project depends on a few small grants, some of them coming from organizations linked to governments.
From anonymized statistics on our website we know that Tails is used by around 18 000 people every day. **If each of them gave 12€, the price of a USB stick, our budget for the whole year would be raised within one day.** As you can see, funding Tails through donations is a realistic and our budget ridiculously small compared to the multibillionaire companies and agencies running the surveillance business.
But many of our users could actually get in trouble if they donated to an anti-surveillance tool like Tails. So when donating to Tails you are also [[helping all of these people|news/who_are_you_helping]] by keeping Tails alive. Please consider setting up a yearly or monthly donation.