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        AskWoody MVP

        Came across a new quite disturbing blog by privacy advocate Sven Taylor on his blogsite regarding the partial aquisition of the Startpage search. Although not exactly breaking news, it certainly got my attention.

        Recently there has been lots of talk about Startpage being acquired (or at least partially acquired) by a US company called Privacy One Group, which is a division of System1, a “data science” company that specializes in targeted advertising.

        Problem is, the new board members and owners of Startpage are literally in the business of gathering “as much data as possible.”

        Sven digs down deep to reveal more interesting findings over on:

        Startpage Acquired by System1, Privacy One Group – Still Safe?

        my secondary search engine is now primary again..YMMV

        No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created IT - AE
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        I had not heard this. I use Startpage quite often, but now I have to reconsider. Thanks for posting this.

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        Da Boss

        Startpage replies to questions about ownership change
        by Martin Brinkmann | November 18, 2019

        Startpage, a popular privacy focused search engine that operates out of the Netherlands, published a new FAQ on its websites in which several answers are provided regarding the change of ownership that took place recently.

        To summarize: Startpage states [that] nothing has changed in regards to how the service operates in regards to user privacy.

        The publication leads to another question: why has System1 / Privacy One Group Limited made an investment in Startpage? What is the motivation behind it?

        Startpage attempts to answer that question as well by providing a statement of the Chairman Michael Blend and the CEO Ian Weingarten of System1.

        In it, the company representatives state that the investment was made “because we believe Startpage serves a critical role in maintaining consumer privacy, and we hope our resources can help Startpage bring privacy to millions of new users around the world”.

        The whole situation could have been avoided if Startpage would have been transparent about the deal.

        Read the full article here

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