Fighting Back

Search Engine Introduces Anonymous Web Browsing

Startpage, the world’s most private search engine, and its E.U. brand,
Ixquick, today announced the release of a new proxy service that allows
users to surf the web with complete privacy. The proxy lets users browse
websites safely and anonymously, without passing on any private,
personally identifiable information to the websites they view.

The Startpage proxy is a free service that works in conjunction with the
Startpage search engine, available at When users
perform a search, they will find a clickable “proxy” option below each
search result. When this option is selected, Startpage acts as an
intermediary to retrieve the page and display it in a privacy-protected
Startpage window.

The proxy offers complete anonymity, since the user never makes direct
contact with the third-party website. The user’s IP address is invisible
to the viewed website. In addition, the website cannot see or place
cookies on the user’s browser.

The proxy service is covered by the same privacy policy that has made
Startpage the industry leader when it comes to search engine privacy.
Startpage does not record IP addresses, make a record of users’
searches, or record details about proxy usage. The company’s data
collection practices are third-party certified and widely considered the
best in the industry.

The proxy service is being launched today, January 28th, to celebrate
International Data Privacy Day.

“People are more concerned about online data retention policies than
ever before,” said CEO Robert Beens. “We wanted to offer them a useful
tool and this proxy is a logical extension of our services. A search
engine is a starting point for people to visit other pages. Now our
users can take the privacy they get with Startpage to the next step, and
go privately to the sites they have found as well. This proxy completes
the total search privacy picture.”

Details on the new Startpage Proxy service, along with a video
explaining the service by Startpage’s US spokeswoman, privacy expert Dr.
Katherine Albrecht, can be found on the “Ixquick Proxy Explained” page:

The video can also be viewed directly at:

(Available January 28th)
People wishing to experience the Startpage proxy can perform a search
at:, then click the “proxy” option below the search

About Startpage

Startpage is an award-winning search engine with an industry-leading
privacy policy. Founded in New York in 1998 under the name Ixquick,
Startpage is the only major search engine to provide fully anonymous,
private searches, since it does not record any personal data on its
users. It is also the first and only search engine to offer SSL
encryption to prevent data from being eavesdropped. Further information
on Startpage, including details about the company’s exemplary
data-handling practices, can be found at