StartPage Offers Proxy Service for Anonymous Searching

Lora Bentley

I'm not sure if Startpage intentionally chose Thursday to launch its anonymous Web search service because it was Data Privacy Day, or if that was just happenstance. Nonetheless, the privately held company founded in New York in 1998 and now owned by a Dutch holding company, is offering use of a Startpage proxy that allows users to search and then to click through to resulting Web sites "without being identified, tracked or recorded."


Startpage director of U.S. media relations, Katherine Allbrecht, told Reuters she realized the need for such a service last year after learning that Google was tracking users who searched terms "indicating they had influenza," and then gave that information to the Centers for Disease Control.


Google CEO Eric Schmidt also raised the hackles of privacy advocates last year when he said, in a televised interview, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." He cited the U.S. PATRIOT Act and explained that because search engines always keep information on users and because they're subject to the PATRIOT Act, there is always a chance that information could be surrendered to authorities.


Allbrecht says Startpage doesn't keep any information on its users, so it has nothing to turn in if the authorities ask.

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Feb 7, 2010 4:25 AM Ern Ern  says:

To tell the truth I would love this type of service.

As a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis I am constantly searching the web of this and I have always feared that if an insurance co. found that I was accessing the web a lot about my symptoms and the possibility of other maladies they could use this info to drasicaly alter or hike my insurance premiums.

Then how long will it take the Government to demand this info to weed me out as a less than deserving patient and ration my care if they get Universal Health Care. There is currently no care so we are going to give you only Maintenance care.

Then how long will it be till Google or Microsoft to start selling this Info to Insurance and Drug companies for a profit? 

Mar 5, 2015 10:14 PM best.proxy best.proxy  says:
It seems like you know what you are talking about. If you value your online anonymity then you need to take precautions. The first step is to become invisible while on the net. Go to Reply

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