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I'm thinking about developing an open-source web application where users can enter trips that they have done (touristic or commuting) and then view statistics and maps created from this data. From the answer to my previous question I have concluded that it would not be realistic to host this application on a server myself because I would be personally liable if there is a data breach.

What other options are there? Here's what I have thought of:

  • Something like sandstorm.io, if I have understood the concept correctly. It's shutting down at the end of this year though.
  • Make it a mobile application (Android/iOS). The user data would then be stored on the user's phone. I really would like it to be accessible via a computer too.
  • Set up a company, to make sure that I'm not personally liable (that's how I have understood the concept of a company). That would be a lot of work though.

Are there any other options?

  • How would making a mobile app from a web app be different from making a desktop app from a web app? (I'm envisioning Cordova/Phonegap for mobile wrapping and Electron for desktop wrapping; do I misunderstand your intended approach?) – apsillers Dec 12 '19 at 17:05
  • With all respect, your question does not read like "how do I do X" but rather like "how do I do X without taking responsibility". That is more a legal question. Technically you have answered it: don't store user data - but then users cannot come back with different devices and continue on what they added with another. The link to your previous question is broken for me – planetmaker Dec 13 '19 at 2:37
  • @apsillers Yeah making a desktop app would also be possible, but I want it to be a modern app that anyone would like to use, so a mobile app would be much better. – Daniel Dec 16 '19 at 15:09
  • It's not like I want to earn money with something without taking responsibility, instead I just want to make something available to the public that doesn't exist yet at all! I know the dilemma but I thought that there must be a different solution because certainly I'm not the only one with this problem. – Daniel Dec 16 '19 at 15:10

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