Startpage is owned by an ad-tech agency (System1). While Startpage might truly keep data private, it’s non-obvious why a System1, a publicly traded US company, would want an ownership stake in a “private search engine”.
Though System1 alleges that they have no plans to tinker with Startpage, it’s unclear that they actually don’t.
There may not actually be anything wrong with having the outside investment, but I think that Startpage as a recommendation should come with a warning like this – since you have to dig around Startpage’s site to find this info.
- Reddit - Dive into anything (I know Reddit’s striking, but this seemed too relevant to ignore.)