Startpage Praised by Europe's Leading Privacy Auditors

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EuroPriSe awards its coveted seal to the World's Most Private Search Engine

No personal information collected. Nada. Zilch.

"We're crazy in love with privacy this Valentine's Day," says Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Privacy Expert and U.S. Spokesperson for Startpage, the World's Most Private Search Engine. And her most prized Valentine's gift this year is 24-karat proof that her company keeps its promises.

Just in time for the holiday, EuroPriSe, Europe's leading privacy certification authority, has granted its coveted "trust mark" to search engine for its outstanding privacy and data handling practices. An in-depth, independent audit by EuroPriSe legal and technical experts confirmed that when it comes to privacy, Albrecht's company does what it says and does it well.

EuroPriSe not only verified that Startpage is in compliance with more demanding European data protection and privacy standards, but also confirmed that the company strictly adheres to its ground-breaking privacy promises:

  •      No IP addresses recorded
  •      No tracking cookies used
  •      No record made of users' searches
  •      Powerful SSL (HTTPS) encryption available
  •      Secure proxy surfing available

In sum, they confirmed Startpage's straightforward privacy assurance:
No personal information collected. Nada. Zilch.

In a press release announcing the award, EuroPriSe praised the company's data handling practices and urged people to make the switch to private search. "Anyone who doesn't want to be tracked while searching should use a privacy-friendly service," they wrote. EuroPriSe recommended Startpage and its sister websites, the Google-based private search engine and European search engine, which also received the coveted privacy seal.

“The European Privacy Seal is very important to our users," says Robert E.G. Beens, CEO of Surfboard Holding B.V., the company that owns the search engines. "Re-certification by EuroPriSe is the ultimate proof to our users we continuously live up to our promises. If people search with Startpage, Startingpage, or Ixquick, they get full privacy—and they'll fall in love with our terrific search results."

About Startpage, StartingPage, and Ixquick

Startpage, StartingPage, and Ixquick are award-winning search engines with an industry-leading privacy policy. Founded in New York in 1998 under the name Ixquick, the search engines are the only ones that are third-party certified and fully anonymous. They are also the only search engines to offer a free proxy service, and the first to offer SSL encryption. For more information, please see,, or


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