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.”
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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