Some results pages on Startpage include a small number of clearly labeled sponsored links to cover operational costs. Those links are retrieved from the Google Adwords platform. The ads are NOT individually tailored to users, and Startpage does NOT record any personal information or share personal information with Google at any time. Clicking on any search result without the use of the proxy will take the user to the third-party website and away from the protection of Startpage. This is the case with all external pages, including our sponsored links. Note: the proxy can help you visit all regular search results anonymously but as you can see, there is no such option for visiting the sponsored links, as the advertisers need means to detect click fraud scams.
Startpage's top priority is protecting the privacy of our users, while providing a quality service.