Tomás F. Serna
December 8, 2008
Now, this is refreshing.
Founded amongst others by ex-googlers and billed as the “biggest Internet search engine” –it claims to have 120 billion web pages in its index, “3x more than any other search engine“–, Cuil inc. “analyzes de web, not its users“. That last one, is another line I love. You’ll be able to find it in the site’s FAQ.
Ixquick, a EU based search engine that was awarded the first European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe) earlier this year, comes close to this. They recognize that search history can poise a serious privacy problem and they provide the following approach: They state that the only real solution is to delete user’s data and they promise to do so after 48 hours.
This was groundbreaking for me when I discovered Ixquick through EuroPriSe a couple months ago. It still is when compared to policies operated by major search engines out there. But Cuil’s way of tackling the issue is a much better one for the privacy conscious user. Or for any kind user for that matter. The first and foremost solution is to not record personal information from users in the first place.
So kudos to Cuil! This is a true breakthrough in the search engine business model. I really hope they can keep it up.
On a final note, I’d like to direct readers to Ixquick’s privacy information pages. Some interesting information over privacy and search engines there.
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