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  •  TY. Great tool- ixquick has gotten (8+ / 0-)

    popular in savvy circles - kind of surprised it's not on EFF's list.

    This, btw, is from the 'about us' page of ixquick, regarding privacy:

    Ixquick Protects Your Privacy!

    The only search engine that does not record your IP address.
    Your privacy is under attack!

    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.

    Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

    by Lisa Lockwood on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:11:40 PM PDT

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    •  Heh, I switched to it (3+ / 0-)

      when Scroogle Scraper died.

      The one slight downside is that ixquick scrapes from other search engines, so it means not rewarding those companies when using their stuff. Of course, I'd use those search engines, except that they collect data on me!

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:43:10 PM PDT

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