Dutch search engine doesn’t store any data anymore

Thu 29 January 2009 13:18, Bas van den Beld

Dutch search engine doesn’t store any data anymore

Dutch based Search Engine Ixquick has decided to get rid of all personal data and not to store any data anymore. This remarkable decision was made public on Data Privacy Day 2009, which was hosted yesterday in Washington DC, US.

Ixquick is a search engine which lets you search through several search engines at once like Ask,  Windowns Live, Wikipedia and the Dutch engine Ilse.nl. The search engine already was being modest with the storage of data. Until now it stored data for not more than 48 hours.

Where Google, Yahoo and Microsoft make a big deal out of the storage-issue, Ixquick is convinced trust is a major issue in this subject. CEO Robert Beens states “We think people have a fundamental right on privacy on the web. People trust search engines with their most intimate habbits and secrets. They have to be able to do that safely.”


Yahoo now stores data for not more than three months and Microsoft recently announced it is willing to reduce the time it stores the data gathered by searches from its users.

Last year Ixquick received the European Privacy Seal with which it became the first and only EU-approved search engine. It expects to launch a ‘proxy-service’ soon with which people can internet without any data being stored what so ever.

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