Web Search with Privacy: SearX

August 24, 2018

For far too long we have been living in the Wild West of search: there are too few rules and personal data has been far too fluid. While we wait for the Googles of the world to change their policies (fat chance!) the time has come to find alternatives for those of us who care about keeping their privacy a top priority. We learned more about this revolution from a Make Use Of story, “Avoid Google and Bing: 7 Alternative Search Engines That Value Privacy.”

According to the story:

“Functionally, SearX is a metasearch engiyne, meaning it aggregates data from a number of other search engines then provides you with the best mix available. Results from several of the other search engines on this list—including DuckDuckGo, Qwant, and StartPage—are available. You can customize the engines that SearX uses to find results in the Preferences menu.”

Is a new search engine the answer? Probably not likely. In another time, we might point to the idea that the world has room for more search engines, but with the rise of voice search and the amount of money needed to research this type of thing, the odds of a new search engine taking over for Google or the like is very much impossible. There are other privacy centric Web search systems; for example, Unbubble.

The question becomes, “Are these systems private, or are the data available to authorities with the proper documentation?” Marketing is different from privacy for some people.

Patrick Roland, August 24, 2018


One Response to “Web Search with Privacy: SearX”

  1. Liz McIntyre on August 24th, 2018 1:48 pm

    Hi. Thanks for focusing on search engine privacy. Changing to a private search engine is easy and makes a big difference in keeping information out of marketer hands.

    I consult with Startpage.com, but I am happy there are alternatives so you don’t have to go directly to Google or Yahoo /Bing.

    Here’s another recent article that mentions these privacy search engines, as well as caveats to consider:

    Restore Privacy: https://restoreprivacy.com/private-search-engine/

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