Noch vor Sommer wird der Innenausschuss über das Datenschutzpaket, eines der größten Legislativvorschläge abstimmen. Mit der Datenschutz-Verordnung und Richtlinie sollen die Standards zum Schutz der Privatsphäre von europäischen BürgerInnen erhöht werden. Um Alternativen aufzuzeigen und zu zeigen, was alles möglich ist, haben wir die Betreiber von ins Parlament eingeladen, um ihre datenschutzfreundliche Suchmaschine zu präsentieren. Informationen zum Event, das morgen Mittwoch stattfindet hier. Aus den gegebenen Anlass hat ixquick auch einen Aufruf gestartet, den wir hier gerne sharen.

Over the next few weeks, the politicians deciding Europe’s technological future will meet with Goliath, Goliath, Goliath… and David.
The next vote on Europe’s draft Data Protection Regulation is scheduled for May 29th. Who sits at the table with members of the EU Parliament when they meet  – to discuss whether big business should gain access to private information online?
The Goliaths are the usual players, familiar names like Facebook,  Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. And the David? is the anonymous search engine based in the Netherlands. The company is routinely consulted behind closed doors because it understands both the intricacies of search technology and the downsides of collecting personal data through those searches. More importantly, Ixquick and its sister search engine, StartPage, are unique – they do not collect any information on their users. It was this approach which allowed Ixquick to be the first company ever to be awarded the coveted EuroPriSe Privacy Seal, a commitment to Privacy that Ixquick have renewed every year since.
„The big players use their search engines to capture people’s personal details so they can exploit them for commercial purposes. We never want to see that data abused, so we’ve broken new ground by promising never to collect it in the first place,“ says Ixquick CEO Robert Beens.
Policy makers appreciate the fact that not only does Ixquick understand how online threats to Privacy occur, but it offers concrete, practical solutions to stop them.
This unique position is increasingly popular with consumers worldwide. Along with its American counterpart, StartPage, Ixquick’s searches have doubled over the past year to nearly 3 million searches a day — all of them completely anonymous; proving that you can build a profitable business through embracing Privacy and forging a relationship of trust with consumers.
To find out more about online Privacy, why it matters and where it’s headed, do as the EU Parliament has done and contact Ixquick with any questions you have.
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