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Magda Hassan
07-15-2009, 01:53 PM
I've been using this a few days now and find the search results as good as google. Plus they don't keep track of your searches or keep identifing data and you have the option to use https to make it even more private.

Startpage Protects Your Privacy !
Startpage is powered by Ixquick.
The only search engine that does not record your IP address.

Your privacy is under attack !

Every time you use a regular search engine, your search data are recorded (http://us2.startpage.com/eng/protect_privacy.html).
Your search terms, the time of your visit, the links you choose, your IP address (http://us2.startpage.com/eng/protect_privacy.html) and your User ID cookies (http://us2.startpage.com/eng/protect_privacy.html) all get stored in a database.

The identity profiles that can be constructed from this cloud of information represent modern day gold for marketers.
But government officials (http://www.informationweek.com/internet/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=177102511), hackers and even criminals also have an interest in getting their hands on your personal search data.
And sooner or later they will...

What could happen ?

Consider the following story:

In August 2006, the online world was jarred by the AOL privacy scandal (http://news.com.com/AOL+apologizes+for+release+of+user+search+data/2100-1030_3-6102793.html):
AOL released three months' worth of aggregated search data from 650,000 of its users, publishing all the details in an online database. This database is still searchable. It is an absolute eye-opener to see the potential for privacy nightmares.
http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/eng/small_aol_database.gif (http://www.aolstalker.com/) >Enter a query and find who searched for it
>Then click on a "User ID" to find what else this user searched for Shocked ? You are not alone.
When we search, we share our most private thoughts with our computers.
These private thoughts should be safe.

Startpage's position:

http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif You have a right to privacy.http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands.http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with.http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif In June 2006 we started to delete our users' privacy data within 48 hrs.http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif As of January 2009 we do not even record our users' IP addresses at all anymore.http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif We are the first and only search engine to do so.http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/starj.gif 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/Ixquick Warranties:

European Privacy Seal
On July 14th 2008 Startpage/Ixquick received the first European Privacy Seal (http://www.european-privacy-seal.eu/press-room/press-releases/20080714-europrise-press-release-en.html) from European Data Protection Supervisor Mr. Peter Hustinx. The Seal officially confirms the privacy promises we make to our users. It makes Startpage/Ixquick the first and only EU-approved search engine. Both EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and Dr.Thilo Weichert, German Privacy Commissioner complemented Startpage/Ixquick on its privacy achievements.
You can find the press release here (http://us2.startpage.com/eng/press/eu_privacy_seal.html).

Certified Secure, a leading Certification Authority, has certified Startpage's Privacy procedures.
The CS Privacy Certificate (javascript:certifiedsecure("eng");) has been awarded after an extensive audit.
It safeguards your Privacy!
http://us2.startpage.com/graphics/eng/certified_secure.gif (javascript:certifiedsecure("eng");)Startpage has been registered with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) under number M 1346973.
This Authority supervises the fair and lawful use and security of your personal data, to ensure your privacy today and in the future.
Startpage/Ixquick's Privacy Q&A: