January 23, 2021

Privacy Search Engines Aim to Challenge Google (DuckDuckGo, Mojeek, Qwant, Swisscows, Unbubble, Searx)

From the Associated Press:

In the battle for online privacy, U.S. search giant Google is a Goliath facing a handful of European Davids.

The backlash over Big Tech’s collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to protect user privacy.

Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant , Unbubble in Germany and Swisscows don’t track user data, filter results or show “behavioral” ads.

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Outside Europe, there’s also U.S. site DuckDuckGo.

Some privacy search operators say it’s equally important to help users avoid “filter bubbles,” in which content is pre-selected by the likes of Google and Facebook based on previous searches and other data.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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