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New Study Reveals Google is not the Best Search Engine

A new study has revealed that when it comes to privacy, Google is not the best search engine for users. In fact, the top spot goes to a company you may not expect.

In a surprise result, google's privacy issues lead it to not receive the top spot in a recent privacy ranking study. ¦ Shutterstock

In a surprise result, google's privacy issues lead it to not receive the top spot in a recent privacy ranking study. ¦ Shutterstock

A new study conducted by the German consumer organization Stiftung Warentest revealed that when it comes to privacy, Google is not the best search engine. According to the group’s recent comparative test of 10 search engines, the privacy-focused web search engine StartPage.com occupies the number one spot.

Google only comes in second, followed closely by Ecosia.org. StartPage not only outshined Google, but it also surpassed other well-known search engines like Microsoft Bing, Yahoo! Search, and the other privacy-focused search engine, Duckduckgo.com.

Stiftung reportedly conducted the test by comparing 50 search queries which randomly have typographical errors, unclear descriptions, and other ambiguities. The group evaluated the relevance of the first six results. Then, they compared the quality of the results against the features and policies of the search engines.

The Best Search Engine

Stiftung reported:

“In general inquiries, there are only minor differences between the search engines. Greater differences in quality can be seen in special searches, such as pictures, videos or news, as well as the possibilities to filter hits.”

Stiftung emphasized that the results only revealed the best search engine when it comes to privacy. Apparently, the testers discovered several deficiencies in Google’s privacy policy which affected its score.

Since best is subjective, Google may still come out as the best search engine if a user doesn’t really care about data privacy and the way the company allegedly tracks its users.

In a statement, StartPage CEO Robert Beens was quoted as saying:

“We are honored to achieve first place in this test. It shows that private search has come a long way and that it’s not necessary to track people to attain award-winning service and profitability.”

StartPage is a Netherlands-based search engine company founded in 1998 by David Bodnick. It was previously known as the metasearch engine Ixquick. Aside from search, the company also offers a stand-alone proxy service which allows users to open all search results via proxy.

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