Least evil search engine

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
So I'm interested given the continuing dominance of Google which search engine you would suggest using and which is least invasive about following one's browsing history and past search results. Are they all as guilty of this these days or does Google remain the most creepy in terms of collating your information and what it does with it?

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    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,436moderator
    It's a necessary evil. Ultimately you want the search engine to find what you want, not what someone on the other side of the world wants who may mean a different thing altogether. This means they give you better results by knowing where you are, what you search for and what you've searched for in the past and results you've been interested in from the search. It's all about association, that's how every type of memory works.



    When you reminisce about some vacation, you don't just have a jumble of disconnected thoughts in your head, they are linked together and all those links come from your experience. Someone else may have taken a very similar vacation but will have a different experience and set of connections that were important to them so when they think back, they will have a different perspective. If they asked you to help them remember something, it may not mean anything to them so your search engine isn't efficient for them. It needs to be personalised for their experience.



    People get way too uptight about privacy of this nature. What's the worst that can really happen? You're going to see advertising that actually interests you. You're going to get search results that are closer to what you are looking for. Aaaaargh, get the tinfoil and head for the hills, no one is safe.
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    Originally Posted by mpw_amherst View Post


    So I'm interested given the continuing dominance of Google which search engine you would suggest using and which is least invasive about following one's browsing history and past search results. Are they all as guilty of this these days or does Google remain the most creepy in terms of collating your information and what it does with it?



    Ixquick ? Ixquick does NOT record your IP address!
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