Enhanced by Google ?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by CloneRanger, Feb 15, 2012.

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  1. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

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    I know Scroogle are continually having problems scraping Google, so how is SP able to do so without the same/similar issues ?
     

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  2. funkydude

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    Good question! :) Maybe they pay/are a partner? Maybe it just means they have a bot doing searches on Google and ripping/using those results to add/improve their database?
     
  3. Function

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    I have no clue what scraping is. Could someone explain to it to me please?

    I do use Start Page and I am able to search what I normally search on a day to day basis. I don't see any issues with it so far. I have been using it for around 2 weeks.
     
  4. Carver

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    I don't know what EBG means, I don't think I would use Google as a Start page through.
     
  5. Nebulus

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    You could check the "Details" link just below "Enhanced by Google"... :)

    Later edit: if you don't have scripts enabled for the startpage.com, you will not see the Details link.
     
  6. CasperFace

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    Basically, it means using an automated process to fetch/gather data (in this case, search results) from another web page.
     
  7. inka

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    scroogle intends to scrape/harvest data in bulk, as an automated process
    (which clearly violates Google's stted TOS)

    ixquick, et al, do not interact with Google in an "automated" way.
    Their interaction is the result of a live user entering a search query.
    Still, I'm inclined to believe that Google must be granting a "favor" to ixquick ~~ allowing a continual bulk volume of queries from the ixquick server(s).

    L'il old me, by visually skimming through Google search results pages
    (attempting to figure out how to more accurately phrase my query)
    (perhaps -negated words/phrases will lower the irrelevent noise)
    ... I've been "slapped" and the page displays a warning like "You are searching too fast. We think you might be a bot. Try again later." Geez, I'm not even presented with an opportunity to jump through a reCAPTCHA hoop.

    So, if Google is giving ixquick a bye, leads me to wonder why?
    How the heck do we KNOW that ixquick preserves our privacy?
    Ah, because they say so. Yep, must be true -- I read it on the internet.

    Has any group ever audited ixquick to certify the ixquick representation?

    Honeypot?
    Hey, if you're concerned about what we might find in your baggage...
    ...you should use the "special" (wink) security checkpoint, over yonder.
     
  8. Nebulus

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    Actually it doesn't matter too much. I know Google tries to track me (it's their business to do so, and my intention to stop them), but I don't know for sure Ixquick will track me. So I have to choose between someone who tracks me and someone who might track me - guess who I will choose :)
     
  9. Dermot7

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    http://searchengineland.com/scroogles-gone-heres-who-still-offers-private-searching-112275
     
  10. JimboW

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    Both European Privacy Seal and Certified Secure. Scroll down to Ixquick Warranties. https://www.ixquick.com/eng/protect-privacy.html
     
  11. inka

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    Took a while for me to find my way back to this thread.
    Jimbo, thank you for the heads-up!
     
  12. Nebulus

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    I was using Startpage.com a lot lately, and I found out that it is giving me some search results personalized to my language. Ixquick.com doesn't do that. While I don't think that this a big privacy risk, I wanted to point out that Startpage.com probably sends geographical info to Google. Again, this is not necessarily bad, but if you want "generic" results, you should use ixquick.com (same company behind both).
     
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