StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don’t use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don’t even know who our customers are, we can’t share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we’ve never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we’ve been in business.
StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can’t “tap” the Internet connection to snoop what you’re searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.
We just replaced the “Google” button with a “StartPage” button on our RESOURCES Page. Feel free to access it there for an additional layer of anonymity. I’d also highly recommend you run regedit if you’re on any Windows platform. Find and delete ANY keys containing “Google”. Remember: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the Few or the One.