Why I use DuckDuckGo vs Google for my Search Engine

Google blatantly tells us in their new privacy statement that they will use our information to deliver their services.  It is the model of we are the product of the product, but for some of these services its not that we are making the product better it is the fact that they are stealing our data which leads to our privacy to marketing companies for money.  So there must be other alternatives and I am on a quest to find best of breed alternatives. 

Lets start with Google search.  I have recently found that DuckDuckGo does not breach your privacy based on their privacy statement.  They do use affiliate links to sites like Amazon and eBay to make a percentage of your purchases.  That is alright by me for not collecting personal information and then selling it for marketing purposes.

DuckDuckGo does not store ip address or UserAgent and does not link other online ids to your search criteria.  Your searches are anonymous by default.  Here is a quote that sums up what I am talking about from DuckDuckGo&;s website, "For these reasons, DuckDuckGo takes the approach to not collect any personal information. The decisions of whether and how to comply with law enforcement requests, whether and how to anonymize data, and how to best protect your information from hackers are out of our hands. Your search history is safe with us because it cannot be tied to you in any way.

For those who are concerned about their privacy and want to use duckduckgo, simply go to their website and then click the arrow in the upper right search area of your browser.  Most browsers have this now like Firefox and IE.


For more information on DuckDuckGo&;s privacy statement.