Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Startpage Protects Your Privacy!"

 
"Startpage Protects Your Privacy!"
by Startpage

"Startpage, and its sister search engine Ixquick, are the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches.

Your privacy is under attack! Every time you use a regular search engine, your search data is recorded. Major search engines capture your IP address and use tracking cookies to make a record of your search terms, the time of your visit, and the links you choose - then they store that information in a giant database. Those searches reveal a shocking amount of personal information about you, such as your interests, family circumstances, political leanings, medical conditions, and more. This information is modern-day gold for marketers, government officials, black-hat hackers and criminals - all of whom would love to get their hands on your private search data.
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Startpage's position:
     You have a right to privacy.
     Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands.
     The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with.
     Since January 2009 we do not record our users' IP addresses anymore.
     We are the first and only search engine to do so.
     Our initiative is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response!

Startpage will wholeheartedly continue on its mission to offer you great search results in the best possible privacy! Startpage (www.startpage.com) combines the powerful search results of Google with the strong privacy features of Ixquick, the world's most private search engine. The result is great search results - with total privacy protection!

No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is gathered or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed on your browser. Startpage also offers secure SSL encryption, a proxy option that allows anonymous web surfing, full third-party certification, and numerous other privacy features.

Company History: The Ixquick search engine was developed and launched in 1998 by David Bodnick in New York. In the year 2000, it was acquired by Surfboard Holding B.V, a privately held Dutch corporation whose only activities are operating Ixquick, and now Startpage. Since its inception in 1998, Ixquick has grown steadily, primarily as a result of word-of-mouth referrals. A number of awards have contributed to our growth, including:
    1st European Privacy Seal awarded by certifying authority Europrise
    Awarded best metasearch by Search Engine Watch in 2000, 2002, and 2004

Startpage and Ixquick, have steadily increased in popularity since becoming the first search engine dedicated to privacy in 2006. As of January 2012, Startpage and Ixquick had served over 1.7 billion searches. Since January 2012 our traffic number doubled to an average of well over 2 million searches per day.

The Startpage Name: Startpage was released in 2009 in the United States as a new name for the Ixquick search engine. Because the name Ixquick can be somewhat difficult to remember and spell, people asked us for an easier name, and we were happy to oblige. Startpage uses Ixquick's search methodologies and privacy features, and is governed by the same privacy policies.
Startpage has the industry's leading Privacy Policy:
    No recording of users' IP addresses.
    No identifying cookies.
    No collection of personal data.
    No sharing personal data with third parties.
    Offering secure, encrypted connections (HTTPS/SSL)
    And a free proxy service that allows anonymous browsing of websites.

Further details can be found on our Privacy Page or in Startpage's Privacy Policy.
- https://www.startpage.com/eng/company-background.html

Hat tip to Alex Noble for this material.

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