StartPage, Ixquick Passed 4 Million Daily Searches On Monday

startpage-ixquick-200pxStartPage and Ixquick, sister search engines that offer private searching, announced that they surpassed four million daily direct searches on Monday.

The announcement comes about three weeks after the parent company announced that they reached three million daily searches for the first time.

Ixquick CEO Robert Beens credits the higher search activity to public reaction to the ongoing NSA/PRISM surveillance scandal.

People are making major changes in their on-line habits and looking for ways to protect their private information from US government surveillance. Our fans especially appreciate the fact that we are a Dutch company, which means we are not directly subject to the US Patriot Act. And of course, we have never participated in any program like PRISM.

DuckDuckGo, another alternative search engine hanging its hat on private search, has also seen record search activity in recent weeks.

Of course, despite those gains, search activity at these smaller search engines is a drop in the bucket compared to what Bing and Google see every day.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Legal: Privacy | Search Engines: IxQuick & Startpage | Stats: Popularity | Stats: Search Behavior | Top News

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  • Tian_Mian

    I love startpage.com!

    Unlike any other private search engines, it uses Google’s index and its search results, without sending any data to Google. It’s perfect.

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Data (raw traffic estimates) from Alexa, Quantcast, and Compete all suggest significant declines in Google’s traffic through the end of May (no June data available as I write this). These estimates may or may not reflect what is going on in the world of search but if there is any accuracy to the trend lines then I would say that there is more than a reaction to PRISM going on.

  • Janice S. Roberts

    just as Nancy replied I’m surprised that a student can get paid $8545 in 1 month on the internet. did you see this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

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