Spurred By PRISM Scandal, StartPage & Ixquick Surpass 3 Million Daily Searches

startpage-ixquick-200pxAlternative search engines are having a good week, likely thanks to public awareness and concern over data and privacy issues being raised by the PRISM scandal.

StartPage and Ixquick, two small search engines from the same company, announced this week that they surpassed three million daily searches for the first time. More specifically, they hit 3.4 million direct searches on Wednesday (June 12).

Ixquick.com is the company’s meta search engine that doesn’t include Google search results; the company launched StartPage.com in 2009 to provide Google search results with the increased privacy that Ixquick offers.

CEO Robert Beens credits this week’s surge in traffic to consumers looking for a more private search experience in light of the PRISM-related revelations of the past week.

“People are outraged over secret US surveillance programs and they’re looking for safe, effective search alternatives,” Beens says in the company’s announcement. “We’re excited at this growth and we welcome our newest users with open arms.”

DuckDuckGo, another alternative search engine focused on privacy, just announced its first day with 2 million searches, and it’s now set its own search quantity record for four straight days this week.

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


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  • http://ftc.gov/ MonopolizedSearch

    I also wonder how many webmasters are removing Google analytics and adsense from their websites? Is there any data out there that would suggest people are removing Google’s code from their website in an effort to protect their privacy?

  • Belize

    Very interesting article Matt.

    First time I’ve heard of Ixquick.com and it shows great results. Why do you not link to this Search Engine in the article? I need to jump to the press release, then from there go to IxQuick

    Same with DuckDuckGo.com – good results but no link from your article.

    Is there a specific reason your article does not link out to these new search engines?

  • thwap

    And yet major ‘open web’ foundations like firefox and community-funded websites like Wikipedia somehow manage to stay alive. If the government population-spying gets worse or doesn’t improve (and of COURSE it won’t…they’re an animal with the taste of blood now, and their whole MISSION is to spy and get as much information as they can, (but we CAN fight back because they HAVE gone overboard and it’s wrong), if they SAY they will scale it down and admit they’ve gone overboard, it is a LIE, they will just tighten up their security and go ‘further’ underground, making further and further secret and shady deals in order to get the info they want – all in the name of ‘National Security’ (justifying increasingly dodgy and technically illegal practices – having no oversight and fully excused by this laughable FISA court)!!) – if it only gets worse (which it will, as technology (unprotected by default) equips them and extends their reach), you’ll find sites like these WILL find the funding and support they need to survive.

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