StartPage and Ixquick Deploy Newest Encryption Standards against Mass Surveillance
First search engines to offer TLS 1.1.and 1.2 as well as "Perfect Forward Secrecy"
YORK & AMSTERDAM: In the wake of the US PRISM Internet surveillance
scandal, companies are revisiting how they do business online and
beefing up their privacy practices to protect their users.
Private search engines StartPage and Ixquick
have pioneered a new advance in encryption security this week, becoming
the first search engines in the world to enable "Perfect Forward
Secrecy" or PFS in combination with a more secure version of SSL
encryption known as TLS 1.1. and 1.2, which works by setting up a secure
"tunnel" through which users' search traffic cannot be intercepted.
Your privacy is under attack!Every time you use a regular search engine, your search data is recorded. Major search engines capture your IP address and use tracking cookies to make a record of your search terms, the time of your visit, and the links you choose - then they store that information in a giant database.
Those searches reveal a shocking amount of personal information about you, such as your interests, family circumstances, political leanings, medical conditions, and more. This information is modern-day gold for marketers, government officials, black-hat hackers and criminals - all of whom would love to get their hands on your private search data.
Vodafone takes a stand on privacy with plan to disclose wiretapping demandsVodafone is to take a stand on privacy by asking British ministers, and the governments of each of the 25 countries in which it operates, for the right to disclose the number of demands it receives for wiretapping and customer data.
In a push back against the use of telecoms networks for mass surveillance, as revealed by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Vodafone is to write to the home secretary, Theresa May, and the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, demanding greater transparency.