#psa You should probably stop using Startpage.com as a search engine.
#Startpage appears to have sold out to a company called "System1" who are a "pay-per-click behavioral ad company"
Please boost for exposure.
@joel well that sucks!
That doesn't leave many (any?) privacy-friendly search engines available online. Perhaps, I need to set up my own searchX instance.
* contracts with #privacy abuser #Verizon / #yahoo for ads & search API
* contracts with privacy-abuser #Microsoft for Bing results
* has a CEO w/history of privacy abuse via Names DB
@joel damn, this is disappointing. I've used them for years.
@joel That sucks indeed. Alternatives?
This saddens me deeply, startpage was good service
@joel how about qwant ? Any ideas?
Now stay the fuck calm you panicky internet people! At least wait for a response from Startpage. I have no reason to not continue using Startpage, it works without JS, cookies and third party resources. Any spying they can do with that setup everyone does and it's called server logs.
Wait for a response from Startpage.
My approach to privacy protection is that I manage my own privacy. I can't base my privacy on trust alone. If I can use the site without JS, external resources and cookie it's good enough.
I handle my privacy with the browser extensions uMatrix, Smart Referer and User-Agent Switcher.
Last I tried Ecosia worked well without JS, external resources and cookies, but for imagesearch I had to allow loading images from bing.net
For example DDG can't do image search without JS.
@joel Well shit, I was about to switch over.
Well, if #StartPage really was sold to a questionable company, this would be a pity. I'm using it as my default search engine since many years. 😟
@joel what is a good alternative? I've been using my own searx for a while, but my home server is out of commission and I went back to startpage.
Can we have this on Wikipedia, please?
There's no perfect solution, so it's really about choosing the lesser of the evils.
If you want true privacy online, switch off your Internet! There are still a few public libraries to visit... of course you'll still be caught on face-recognising CCTV and various satellite cams. ;)
Richard Stallman uses DDG:
@Mojeek is also worth looking into as an alternative privacy-focused search engine! (They're here on Mastodon, so that's a promising sign!)
@joel fuckaduck I just started using them based on the privacytools recommendation. glad they're pulling that reco in that git tree. back to searx. *sigh*
@joel I saw this on Reddit and PrivacyTools.io, but it seemed everyone was trying to give Startpage a chance to clarify what was going on.
Last I saw there was no defenative answer as to what "System1" was doing, so everything became suspect. :(
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