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Great Alternative (Non-Tracking) Search Engine - Duckduckgo
07-20-2013, 07:40 AM,
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RE: Great Alternative (Non-Tracking) Search Engine - Duckduckgo
Awesome point. U.S. based services are not immune to information requests by U.S. interests.

I haven't had any complaints with Start Page. It acts as a proxy for Google (its sister service, ixQuick, consolidates searches from a shitload of other search engines). From https://startpage.com/eng/prism-program-exposed.html:

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  • StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don't use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don't even know who our customers are, we can't share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we've never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we've been in business.
  • StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can't "tap" the Internet connection to snoop what you're searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.
  • Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don't even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.
  • StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe, European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.

I haven't found any data online which contests the level of privacy being sold by StartPage.
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