Category: Information Privacy

Startpage Search Engine Privacy

Startpage is a Dutch search engine company that highlights privacy as its key feature. began as a web directory in 2002 then re-launched in 2009 as a search engine allowing users to obtain Google Search results while protecting their privacy by not storing personal information or search data and removing all trackers.

Since does not collect user data, it does not serve targeted advertising based on user data history. The company generates revenue from its search engine by providing contextual advertising based on the keyword used to perform a search.

Key Features

Startpage web search uses results from Google, for which the company pays Google.

  1. Startpage Does Not Keep Logs, so has no records of the IP addresses of its users, no tracking cookies or anything similar.
  2. Anonymous View Proxy

Startpage’s Anonymous View feature lets you view any site in a list of search results through a proxy, thus preventing the site you’re visiting from learning about your location, ISP, content stored in cookies, network settings and so on.

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Information Rights Post Brexit

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy across the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also covers issues regarding transfer of personal data to countries outside of outside the EU and EEA areas.

This has been UK law for years and although cumbersome at times, it has improved the safety of personal data generally.

Now the UK has left the EU, what happens?

The UK helped to draft the GDPR and is committed to maintaining at least the same levels of protection for its citizens.

The GDPR was converted into a piece of UK domestic law called UK-GDPR in early 2020 and came into effect when the UK left the EU in January 2021.

If you are a UK business or organisation that already complies with the GDPR and has no contacts or customers in the EEA, then there be nothing further you need to do currently.

If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow.

If you are a UK business or organisation with an office, branch or other established presence in the EEA, or if you have customers in the EEA, you will need to comply with both UK and EU data protection regulations at the end of the transition period. You may need to designate a representative in the EEA.

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