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memphis
01-02-2009, 02:08 PM
I found this on my search for the safest search engine and thought I would share/let you know about this with you guys.

It has the won the FIRST and ONLY European Privacy Seal!!!:clap

http://www.ixquick.com/uk/protect_privacy.html

Ixquick's position:
You have a right to privacy.

Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands.

The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with.

In June 2006 we started to delete our users' privacy data within 48 hrs.

As of January 2009 we do not even record our users' IP addresses at all anymore.

We are the first and only search engine to do so.

Our initiative is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response!

Ixquick will wholeheartedly continue on its mission to offer you the best results in full privacy!

Compared to other well known search engines that keep your search's for MONTHS this is very good!!!:):thumbs:

pctek
01-02-2009, 05:22 PM
Who cares unless you're searching for something illegal or nasty?

the_bogan
01-02-2009, 05:35 PM
Who cares unless you're searching for something illegal or nasty?

I do, not because I might be searching for something illegal, but knowing what they're tracking about me.

pctek
01-02-2009, 07:21 PM
Might be tracking comments about white people not deserving public holidays huh?

memphis
01-02-2009, 08:38 PM
Introduction

Internet search engines are the primary means by which individuals access Internet content. In January 2008, Americans used search engines to conduct more than 10 billion searches. Typically, search engines collect detailed information that is personally identifiable or can be made personally identifiable. This information includes the search terms submitted to the search engine, as well as the time, date, and location of the computer submitting the search. This information is generally collected for marketing and consumer profiling purposes. It is also used by search engines to carry out research and generate statistical usage data.

The collection of personally identifiable data by search engines creates several threats to consumer privacy. Chief amongst the threats are behavioral marketing and widespread public disclosure of personal information. Privacy groups have called for greater privacy protections for search engine information, particularly regarding the collection, retention, and disclosure of information relating to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. IP addresses are the primary method by which information submitted to search engines is made personally identifiable. Other methods include search query analysis (particularly with regard to vanity searches) and the use of cookies. Most users are unaware that search engines collect their personally identifiable data. A January 2006 poll of 1,000 Google users found that 89% of respondents think their search terms are kept private, and 77% believed that Google searches do not reveal their personal identities.

In 2008, EPIC urged the European Parliament to protect the privacy of search histories.

Background
IP Addresses

An IP address is a device’s (typically a computer’s) numerical address as expressed in the format specified in the Internet Protocol. In IPv4, the current addressing format, an IP address is a 32-bit sequence divided into four groups of decimal numbers separated by periods. In some circumstances, the IP address identifies a unique computer. In other circumstances, such as when a network of computers connects to the Internet via a single Internet connection, it may not. An IP address for a computer is similar to a telephone number for a telephone.

Behavioral Marketing

The emergence of targeted Internet advertising has led to “behavioral marketing.” In the course of recording users’ viewing habits and monitoring their search terms, companies collect information about user interests and tastes, including the things they buy, the stories they read, and the websites they visit, in addition to very sensitive personal information. Search terms entered into search engines may reveal a plethora of personal information such as an individual's medical issues, religious beliefs, political preferences, sexual orientation, and investments. The expansion of the behavioral marketing industry, as well as its ability and incentive to monitor online search behavior, has produced significant privacy problems and substantial risks to Internet users. Opaque industry practices result in consumers remaining largely unaware of the monitoring of their online behavior, the security of this information and the extent to which this information is kept confidential. Industry practices, in the absence of strong privacy principles, also prevent users from exercising any meaningful control over their personal data that is obtained.

Public Disclosure of Search Engine Information

In 2006, America Online (AOL) published three months of search records for 658,000 Americans. AOL attempted to “anonymize" the records, and intended for academics and technologists to use the data for research purposes. The records did not link searches to IP addresses or user names, but did group searches by individual users via randomly-assigned numerical IDs. Subsequent events demonstrated that AOL’s storage of numerical IDs as opposed to usernames or IP addresses does not necessarily prevent search data from being linked back to individuals. Though the search logs released by AOL had been “anonymized,” identifying the user by only a number, quick research by New York Times reporters matched some user numbers with the correct individuals. Other sources identified sensitive and occasionally disturbing personal information in the AOL search data, including user searches for “how to kill your wife” “anti psychotic drugs,” and “aftermath of incest.” In response, several privacy groups filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission.