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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy ("Startpage") is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its user community.

This privacy policy details the information Startpage may gather from the individuals who visit us, how that information is used, 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

Startpage collects limited information each time you visit our site, so we can improve the overall quality of your online experience. We only collect referral data and browser and platform type and register the date and time you visited the site and your search terms. Like most standard Web site servers, we use log files to collect and store this anonymous user information.


Cookies are small pieces of data that are sent and saved to your computers' hard drive when visiting sites.

Startpage uses only 1- 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.

Alternatively, you can periodically delete cookies from your computers' 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.

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.
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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