The Associated Press is reporting that privacy-minded search engines like Britain’s Mojeek, France’s Qwant, Germany’s Unbubble and Switzerland’s Swisscows are growing due to new European privacy regulations and raised awareness of the gathering and selling of personal information. Privacy-minded search engines do not track personal/user data, filter results or show ads.
Qwant, Swisscows, and Mojeek’s traffic numbers indicate growing interest:
- In 2017, Qwant’s queries tripled to 10 billion and is getting 80 million visits monthly with requests growing 20%.
- Mojeek gets 200,000 unique visitors monthly and search queries have quintupled over the past year.
- Swisscows has thrived in Switzerland, with monthly search queries increasing by nearly half to 20 million from a year ago.
Two providers mentioned who anonymize search results are British startup, Oscobo, which provides Yahoo/Bing licensed results for UK users and Startpage, from the Netherlands, which anonymizes Google search results, while removing ads and tracking.
DuckDuckGo is a popular privacy-minded search engine in the US.
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