Ask Offers Option of No Stored Data

Susan Hall

Search site Ask will offer a new tool that will let users search the Web anonymously without the storage of any information about user searches. It's the first major search engine to do so, reports


Using the AskEraser tool, users can set their privacy preferences so the search engine doesn't retain their Web search history. It is expected to be available in the United States and United Kingdom by the end of the year and globally early next year.


If people don't use the tool, Ask will keep user search data for 18 months.


Said Wired blogger Scott Gilbertson:

With Google under fire for its meaningless cookie policy change, Ask has stepped forward to give searchers a reason to move away from the Googlopoly.

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Jul 23, 2007 3:18 AM Robert E.G. Beens Robert E.G. Beens  says:
Dear Susan,None of this is new to Although a relatively small search engine we are considered the industry leader when it comes to search Privacy. As a rule, we delete our users' IP addresses within 48 hrs and do NOT store any unique user ID cookies.This has been our practice since June 2006, when we became the world's first search engine to take this pioneering step.You can find more information on Ixquick and our privacy policy at: feel free to contact us for additional information.Sincerely,Robert E.G. BeensCEO Reply

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