Scroogle Says Google Is Blocking Their Privacy Search Engine

If you try to conduct a search at Scroogle, the portal that lets you search Google in private, Scroogle will tell you that Google is blocking them.

I just tested it and Scroogle returns an error message that reads, “so sorry… Google is temporarily blocking this Scroogle server.”

This happened back in May 2010 as well, and probably happens fairly often.

Google told BetaBeat that they are not manually blocking Scroogle but they do have automated systems in place that “deter scraping or excessive queries to Google, and spikes in query traffic can cause issues for some sites.” So this is probably a case of a spike in traffic from Scroogle and those automated tools preventing the spike from hurting’s Google’s servers.

Google’s terms of service do give them the right to turn off services like Scroogle from working but Google has yet to block Scroogle forever. I’d be surprised if this service is off for more than a day.

Daniel Brandt is known to be an individual who is extremely anti Google’s practices.

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google: Critics | Google: Legal | Google: Privacy


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  • Ewan Heming

    Fair enough, Google’s got a right to protect their property from services like Scroogle. I’m not sure that the primary reason for blocking sites is due to server load, but they need to protect their copyrights on technology that’s cost them so much to develop. I know Scroogle isn’t commercial, but it’s easy to see how someone else could scrape their content and replace the ads with their own; thus benefiting from the revenue without the huge costs.

    Maybe Scroogle could put their money where their mouth is and get some funding/donations to run an ad free search service based on results from a legitimate source, like Yahoo BOSS etc.

  • Michael Suarez

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