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21-08-2012, 09:34 AM
Most awesome privacy policy ever!
I've noticed many on this board have voiced internet privacy concerns, especially in terms of using Google.
I have the same concerns, which is why I used Scroogle for the longest time, until they were shut down.
Now I use StartPage, which is even better. It's the "world's most private search engine" (their tagline).
See if this privacy policy doesn't rock your world:

"We don't collect any personal information on our visitors. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

When you use Startpage, we do not record your IP address, we do not record which browser you are using
(Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.), we do not record your computer platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.),
and we do not record your search words or phrases. In fact, the only information we do record is an aggregate
total of how many searches are performed on our website each day (a measure of overall traffic), and those
overall traffic numbers broken down by language.

Our zero data collection policy protects your privacy, since your IP address, browser, and platform information
can be combined with other data to uniquely identify your computer, your location, or you. It is also important
not to record search terms, since they can convey personal information as well. (Think of someone entering
their own name and/or social security number.)"


Anyone ever use them? Their info page is here:

https://www.startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html

Search is here:

https://www.startpage.com/

I've added it to my search bar in Firefox, and shitcanned Google completely.
Just wanted to pass this on for fellow TTA-ers who distrust Google as I do. Thumbsup

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24-08-2012, 07:49 PM
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You should use Bing! that way better than Google Thumbsup


On a serious note.... Fuck that.... Google is still one of the best search engines out there and I'll continue to use it while the product is superior.

If your worried about privacy you should be more paranoid about your government. The privacy policy of major search engines is probably partially mandated by many governments worldwide (especially China).

Google is in the marketing business. They sell ad space so of course search terms create useful data for marketing. At least with Google I know who i'm in bed with and what their interests are. That 2 bit startup company will probably go the way of cuil.

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24-08-2012, 08:40 PM
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(24-08-2012 07:49 PM)DeepThought Wrote:  On a serious note.... Fuck that....

Didn't mean to trounce on such a deeply felt principle.
No one's twistin' your arm, man. It was just a suggestion...

(24-08-2012 07:49 PM)DeepThought Wrote:  Google is still one of the best search engines out there and I'll continue to use it while the product is superior.

Ummm... say what? Huh
StartPage uses Google.
It just doesn't allow Google to spy on you.

(24-08-2012 07:49 PM)DeepThought Wrote:  That 2 bit startup company will probably go the way of cuil.

Hmmm, a 14-year-old "2 bit startup company"... Interesting.Rolleyes

Wait a second, I know what's going here...

"Mother Superior jumped the gun, Mother Superior jumped the gun..." --The Beatles

Whoops!
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Looks like someone didn't click the links in the OP,
(specifically this one: https://www.startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html)
in which case he would have had facts at his disposal.Big Grin

Seriously, you should check them out.
I would have thought that you of all people would have appreciated what they're doing:
The best of Google without the skullduggery.
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24-08-2012, 10:48 PM (This post was last modified: 24-08-2012 10:52 PM by DeepThought.)
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Yeah, though if it gets popular enough Google will probably deny them search access. I wonder what Google's user policy says about this. They cut out Google search advertising with this don't they...

If you want privacy there are browsers that protect your identity and proxy services or onion routing to hide your ip. I'm not really worried about that myself. They can log me searching for code snippets and help on some particular function or library.

It's not like I use Google to lookup midget porn. I know where to go for that without searching. Dodgy

No... I wasn't flaming you, though it's hard to see through text. I'm just saying I don't see a need for this myself.

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24-08-2012, 11:08 PM
Most awesome privacy policy ever!
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24-08-2012, 11:15 PM
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Haha, it's all good, man.
Sometimes I get a little "over-animated".Big Grin

(24-08-2012 10:48 PM)DeepThought Wrote:  Yeah, though if it gets popular enough Google will probably deny them search access.

This is what happened to Scroogle, which was a real bummer.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I could shut down Google's spy tactics with a GreaseMonkey script.
But now I don't have to.
Plus I love the look and feel of StartPage: Google without the bullshit! Yay!Cool

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26-08-2012, 08:41 AM (This post was last modified: 26-08-2012 10:46 AM by Near.)
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This looks interesting, I'll give it a try. I think that it will be a good addition to the add-on's and scripts that I'm already running. I'm currently running Firefox 15.0 Beta with Do Not Track Plus, Adblock Plus, and Adbock Plus Popup Blocker Addon. For added peace of mind I also run Web Of Trust and Flagfox (tells you the location of the server, helps to weed out site impersonations) I also have Firefox set to tell websites that I do not want to be tracked. I definitely appreciate more privacy and safety on the web.

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26-08-2012, 08:52 AM
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I don't see the big issue in Google monitoring things.

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26-08-2012, 09:49 AM
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That is too good to be true. Where is the catch?

Logica, I am not sure if you are serious or trolling with this post but just in case that statement was simply naive, I am going to say something:
The issue is that there are people out there who don't like all kinds of data to be collected from them. But Google is right now market top, they are the shit, and they know it. They offer great service, and they know it.
And as you are not paying for it in most cases, they make you pay by collecting your data.
As said in the op, they basically collect every bit of data that they can get from you. Your OS, your browser, your IP, your search words, what you click on their sites, if and with who you share stuff (on their other services like youtube and G+).
They are getting quite aggressive by now with all the advertisement and "personlised" this and that. Yes, there is a privacy issue

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26-08-2012, 12:11 PM
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http://duckduckgo.com/

This one as well. Thumbsup

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