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Latest revision: May 2012

Privacy Policy

In short:

Startpage does NOT collect or share ANY personal information!

The longer version:
Startpage is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its user community.

This privacy policy details the - very limited - information ("Startpage") may gather and our disclosure policy.

IP Addresses

The IP address that is associated with your search will NOT be recorded.
(The only exception is for “abusive” (automated) queriers that rapidly submit many queries to Startpage in a very short time.)

Data Collection

We don't collect any personal information on our visitors. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

When you use Startpage, we do not record your IP address, we do not record which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.), we do not record your computer platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and we do not record your search words or phrases. In fact, the only information we do record is an aggregate total of how many searches are performed on our website each day (a measure of overall traffic), and those overall traffic numbers broken down by language.

Our zero data collection policy protects your privacy, since your IP address, browser, and platform information can be combined with other data to uniquely identify your computer, your location, or you. It is also important not to record search terms, since they can convey personal information as well. (Think of someone entering their own name and/or social security number.)


Cookies are small pieces of data that are sent and saved to your computer's hard drive when visiting sites.
Startpage uses only one anonymous cookie called "preferences". This cookie is to remember the search preferences you saved for your next visit. It expires after 90 days.
You can choose to accept or refuse cookies by changing the settings of your browser. It should be noted, however, that your preferences will not work properly if your cookies are turned off. It is possible to accept cookies from selected sites only.
You can periodically delete cookies from your computer's hard drive, clearing out all historical data that may have been saved from your previous web surfing. If you delete cookies, you will not be recognized as a repeat visitor or viewer when returning to a site.
To promote a cookie-free internet, Startpage has recently launched a URL generator which eradicates the need for setting a cookie. It remembers your settings in a privacy friendly manner. It can be found at the bottom of the SETTINGS page.

External Links

As a search engine, and as an advertising publisher, you will find various links on our site, including but not limited to search results and sponsored results. These sites are owned and maintained by independent companies, over which Startpage has no control, and who are not covered by this privacy policy. Startpage is not liable or responsible for the content of these sites, or their collection of information and its use. Please note that this privacy policy applies only to the website.

Email addresses

When you send comments, questions, suggestions, or feedback to Startpage via email, and include an email address and/or contact information Startpage may use this information to respond to you. Startpage will not sell or disclose your contact information to any third parties. We may, however, very occasionally send emails to our users regarding Startpage company information. This service is opt-in and includes the option to unsubscribe.

Children Under 13 Years of Age

In light of the concern over protecting children's privacy online, Startpage does not knowingly request, collect, or share personally identifiable information from users under the age of 13.

Information Sharing

Startpage does not share personal information with any third party search engine or the provider of its sponsored results. Click here for details. Startpage only shares personal information with third parties when obligated to do so by law (e.g. official court order or subpoena), or to protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Startpage, its users or the general public as required by law.

Operator is owned and operated by Surfboard Holding BV, Postbus 1079, 3700 BB Zeist
The Netherlands. Representative for the Privacy Policy is Robert E.G. Beens. (

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