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Why did we create Startpage.com?
As kids, we’re all taught not to touch stuff that doesn’t belong to us. It’s a good guideline. So why are online companies harvesting our personal data without our consent? They shouldn’t. That’s why we’re developing online tools that help you stay in control of your personal information. Search is done. Expect other private versions of common digital services soon. Why?
Because it’s our belief that personal data should be your data, not Big Data. Period.
How we made search private
You can’t beat Google when it comes to online search. So we’re paying them to use their brilliant search results in order to remove all trackers and logs. The result: The world’s best and most private search engine. Only now you can search without ads following you around, recommending products you’ve already bought. And no more data mining by companies with dubious intentions. We want you to dance like nobody’s watching and search like nobody’s watching.
No personal data storage
We don’t collect or share your personal information. Ever. There’s literally no data about you on our servers. None. We can’t profile you, and we can’t be forced to hand over your data to authorities, simply because we don’t have any data to hand over.
Clicking search results means leaving the protection of Startpage.com. This could lead to a barrage of cookies being installed on your device. That’s why we developed the "Anonymous View" feature. With "Anonymous View" you can visit search results in full privacy, and keep on browsing: They’ll never know you were there. You’ll find the feature next to every search result.
No filter bubble
Other search engines use your search habits to serve you results they think you want, essentially trapping you in an echo chamber of results. With Startpage.com, you break through the filter bubble to see a wider variety of results.
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Startpage does respect your privacy, but I don't recommend you use it since it only uses Google search results, which censors all so-called "fake" news. For a more open search engine, consider using DuckDuckGo or Searx instead.
Update: Startpage was bought by an advertising company. Do not use this abomination.
Sold to an ad company called System1.
Startpage fetches its results from Google while obfuscating all personally identifiable information from your query.
[Edited by Kapp96, March 26] Fixed spelling errors
Startpage fetches its results from Google with out giving personal data.
Google results via a proxy, Anonymity & privacy, based in the Netherlands.
This is an excellent search engine and should be supported. It places personal privacy above all else, and even has a link in the search results which will access the searched site through a proxy. Wonderful.
Agreed. Google improved the internet with excellent search results; Startpage takes us to the next logical step - relevant search results MINUS the privacy intrusions. Google actually has the resources to send out cars and photograph whole city streets - if your government did the same, would it be OK with you? Think about that...
Google actually has the resources to send out cars and photograph whole city streets - if your government did the same, would it be OK with you? Think about that...
Well, that's probably not the perfect analogy. I wouldn't care about the government photographing city streets-- after all, it was the government that built those streets in the first place. But I get what you're saying. Search engines that emphasize privacy should become more popular.
Yeah I guess I got on a bit of a rant there. The real issue is that I'm shocked (frightened) not just with how much data Google collects, but how comfortable people are with handing over that info voluntarily. Google (and facebook et al) capitalizes on how LITTLE we as users value privacy and anonymity. I think we've seen lots of good things come about from the big G, but we're reaching the point where we're trading off more than we really should. It's a gray area and everyone will have a different "point of no return".
The creator of Duckduckgo (another awesome search engine) summarized this really well in an essay he wrote at http://donttrack.us/ , which I think every web reader should read.
When DuckDuckGo is not showing the StackOverflow questions you need, but you don't want to go to Google.
If you can not find porn—as in any result just to test it—are you really a good alternative to Google???