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Parent Article: Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US
The only search engine that does not record your IP address.
04 Jul 2014
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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.

Why should you worry?

Major search engines have quietly amassed the largest database of personal information on individuals ever collected. Unfortunately, this data can all too easily fall into the wrong hands. Consider the following story:

In August 2006, the online world was jarred when AOL accidentally released three months' worth of aggregated search data from 650,000 of its users, publishing all the details in an online database.

That database is still searchable. It is an absolute eye-opener to see the potential for privacy nightmares.

» 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.

Ixquick'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. Your personal data are not shared with any third party. We were the first and only search engine to do so. Since then we have added many other features that protect your privacy. Our initiative is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response

Ixquick will wholeheartedly continue on its mission to offer you great search results in the best possible privacy!

Ixquick Warranties

European Privacy
European Privacy Seal
On July 14th 2008 Ixquick received the first European Privacy Seal from European Data Protection Supervisor Mr. Peter Hustinx. The Seal officially confirms the privacy promises we make to our users. It makes Ixquick the first and only EU-approved search engine. Both EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and Dr.Thilo Weichert, German Privacy Commissioner complimented Ixquick on its privacy achievements. You can find the press release here.

Certified Secure
Certified Secure's security professionals have assisted Ixquick in the EuroPrise certification process.

Ixquick 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.

Privacy Score
What's our privacyscore?

We have the highest SSL encryption score in the Industry!

The Snowden Effect: Consumers Flee Big-name Search Engines over Surveillance Concerns

Privacy-friendly search engines like and bracing for continued record growth in 2014

January 14, 2014
Zeist, Netherlands: and are bracing for continued record growth in 2014 as consumers seek out more private Internet services. In 2013 these search engines saw their traffic numbers double, as they surpassed 5 million total daily searches and served up over 1.25 billion searches for the year.

(See StartPage/Ixquick search engine query details at:

"Every time Edward Snowden shares a new revelation about government spying, we get an influx of new users," said company spokesperson and privacy expert Dr. Katherine Albrecht. "He has promised to reveal more in 2014, and from what we've heard, he's got two more years of content, at least."

She notes that consumers are upset that popular search engines spy on them in order to create personal profiles and serve up targeted advertising. On top of that, she added, "Consumers are rightfully outraged that governments are eavesdropping on those services and commandeering access to those databases."

Albrecht points out that StartPage and Ixquick are different because they are located in Europe, where consumer privacy is better protected by law. What's more, they simply cannot turn over data since they don't collect any to begin with.

"Our privacy policy is very simple," Albrecht noted. "We don't collect any information—Nada. Zilch. Zero. No IP addresses are recorded, and no tracking cookies are used. If any government comes knocking, there's nothing for them to get. Period."

The company's privacy promises are audited and certified by an independent organization, Europrise, which makes its services very attractive to consumers seeking safer alternatives.

Because of customer demand, StartPage and Ixquick executives launched a new privacy-friendly email company: While they expected a good response, they were shocked when over 50,000 people signed up to beta test the new service, which is rolling out this year.

"We thought we'd get interest from a few thousand people, but the response was so overwhelming, we were forced to close the beta signup early," said Albrecht.

"It may have taken Internet users a while to make sense of Snowden's revelations and figure out what to do about them, but now they are clearly responding in huge numbers," Albrecht observed. "The backlash against government intrusion into the lives of average citizens is making private search and email services a hot commodity in 2014."

About StartPage, Ixquick and StartMail

StartPage and its sister Ixquick combined are the largest anonymous search engines, and the only search engines that are third-party certified. They are also the only search engines to offer a free proxy service, and consistently outscore other search engines on security measures. For more information, please see or is the new paid private email service that simplifies PGP encryption and makes state-of-the-art privacy protection easy and available to everyone. StartMail is based in Europe, where consumer privacy is better protected by law. See why more than 50,000 people have already signed up to beta test StartMail by watching the video overview at