StartPage has apparently started to fingerprint users

Niek is still chatting with them, but they said they’ll be able to post a response here later this week (when their tech lead returns from holiday). What they’re describing it as is bot detection in lieu of the captchas they currently use, which they receive negative feedback about.

I’m guessing if this script runs and you’d normally be blocked/captcha’d by their bot detection system, now you’ll get a pass without any required interaction? They haven’t followed up yet.

We are still functioning according to our privacy standards, meaning that we don’t save or share any PII including IP address, and client side signals are only used to determine whether a given user is a bot or not at a given time.

Anyways… I’m still fine with waiting to see if they will in fact join the forum here and share more technical details with all of us.