StartPage, the world’s most private search engine

StartPage, the world’s most private search engine. Basically it uses Google to do the search, but anonymizes the results.

Other search engines collect and save your search terms to learn everything about you. … With StartPage, you gain access to great search results while your personal information remains private. … Our search engine doesn’t make money from your personal information. …

It is unethical to profile you through your online searches and capture details of what you search for and what links you click. Just imagine a librarian following you around the library, recording everything you are reading! …

StartPage acts as an intermediary between you and Google. Google only sees us, they never see you. When you enter a search, we submit it to Google for you, so Google only sees that StartPage is searching for something. We get the results, strip out the tracking cookies, and deliver completely private, anonymous search results to you. We never store your IP address or other personal information, and we never hand it off to Google. You remain completely invisible.

When you surf the web, your search engine is your best friend. You share your most intimate thoughts when you search for information. Other search engines secretly store all that data, register your IP address and place cookies in your browser so they can follow you all over the Internet. They know everything you search for, when you’re searching, and what you find interesting. …

Your medical conditions, financial matters, political preferences, and relationship troubles are all very valuable to advertisers. Other search engines use this data to target you with online advertisements that continuously follow you from website to website. Hackers and criminals also want your information, which they can use for identity theft or fraud. And, of course, the government wants your data, too.

In 2006, AOL made a grave error that revealed the stored search data of 600,000 users. It was a privacy nightmare….

Other search engines deliver results based on what they know about you rather than giving you equal access to the Internet. In essence, you become trapped in a”filter bubble.” Some call it personalization. We call it censorship.

Interesting points. I’ve switched my default engine to StartPage, and will give it a try.

Google is PC and aggressively becoming more so. I’d just as soon not help them by giving them information about me.

hat-tip byrmol