Enemy of the [Surveillance] State

15 - Private Web Searches: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

July 28, 2020

This week, my special guests are Alexandra Kubiak, Senior Product Manager and Kelly Finnerty, Director of Brand and Content from StartPage — a private search engine that returns Google results without giving Google access to your personal data. I also want to send a special shout-out to Henry, the intern at StartPage who reached out to me to set this up. We discuss the importance of privacy where web searches is concerned, how StartPage keeps your data (including searches) private, and more. After listening, give StartPage a try and see what you think. Let everyone know your thoughts in the comments.

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The soundclip at the beginning of the episode is from a promo video by StartPage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvGJD2YeS3U&list=PLSdvyNeewenBGsrfV8cp6fuUcnV9I_jpu&index=2

Here is another great video they made:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzWrSVDhgpk&list=PLSdvyNeewenBGsrfV8cp6fuUcnV9I_jpu&index=3

Check out StartPage at www.startpage.com

This is the list of articles referenced in this episode:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-privacy-lawsuit/google-faces-lawsuit-over-tracking-in-apps-even-when-users-opted-out-idUSKCN24F2N4

https://bgr.com/2020/07/16/google-tracking-users-app-activity-privacy-lawsuit-firebase/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/siri-alexa-and-google-assistant-in-the-spotlight-as-europe-launches-internet-of-things-investigation/

https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/congress-wants-apple-google-to-warn-users-about-apps-posing-e2-80-98national-security-risks-e2-80-99/ar-BB16LZ5C

https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-google-and-microsoft-sued-over-photos-in-facial-recognition-database/

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/smallbusiness/this-google-privacy-email-is-a-perfect-example-of-why-people-dont-trust-tech-companies/ar-BB16OefV

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-reportedly-pledges-not-to-use-fitbit-health-data-amid-eu-antitrust-concerns/

https://blog.privacytools.io/delisting-startpage/

https://blog.privacytools.io/relisting-startpage/

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