Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

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Stiftung Warentest, which is Germany’s equivalent to U.S. Consumer Reports, has awarded Startpage.com top honors in an unbiased search engine comparison based on quality of search results, cross-platform usability and privacy.

Startpage.com outmaneuvered nine other competitors including: Google, Ecosia, Qwant, DuckDuckGo, Bing, and Yahoo for the acclaim.

Founded in the Netherlands in 1998 as lxquick, a metasearch engine, the now privacy-focused search engine currently attracts over 6 Million daily searches and has received praise for its zero-collection of user personal information, like IP addresses. Startpage.com promises the following in its simple, straightforward privacy policy: “We don’t track you. We don’t profile you.Period.”

The company attributes its growing popularity to consumers becoming privacy aware and seeking alternatives to conventional search platforms that log and track who they are and what they do online. Combining this personal data with search queries can reveal sensitive information, like medical issues, employment status, financial condition, and political leanings – information best kept private.

“We’re honored to achieve first place in this test,” said Startpage.com CEORobert Beens. “It shows that private search has come a long way and that it’s not necessary to track people to attain award-winning service and profitability.”

Stiftung Warentest tested the search engines and discovered that Google provided the best search results. However, it was surpassed byStartpage since it scored poorly in privacy and data dissemination.

Startpage.com delivers the best of both worlds: quality Google search results and privacy.

Testing involved comparing 50 search queries that in some cases included typos, vague descriptions, and other ambiguities. Then the relevance of the first six search results was evaluated. The quality of the results were then reviewed in light of other search engine features and policies.

In the grading scheme of 1.0 (best) to 5.0 (worst), Startpage.com came in first with a grade of 2.3 (good), Google Search followed with a score of 2.7 (satisfactory). Ecosia took position three with a score of 2.8, followed by Qwant at 3.2, Bing 3.3, and DuckDuckGo 3.7.

In January this year at theannual Privacy First/ECP National Privacy Conference, Startpage.com won the Dutch Privacy Award forbest consumer product. The company was recognized for offering consumers no-logging private search and a new “Anonymous View” feature.

Startpage.comlaunched the “Anonymous View” proxy feature in November 2018, to further protect users against tracking by serving as an anonymous buffer between websites and end users. Because links within the proxied sites are “clickable,” users can even surf the Internet in privacy with this unique option.

Commercial tech entities based in the Netherlands are known for emphasizing data privacy, with Dutch privacy laws and regulations being among the strictest in the world. While Startpage.com reflects EU GDPR compliance , the platform provides emphasis on consequential data protection and privacy ethic.

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