22 Nov Privacy-focused Search Engines Cropping Up in Europe to Challenge Google
As a result of the backlash over Big Tech’s issues with privacy, Google is now facing a handful of smaller search engines in Europe which promise not to track their users or show creepy, behavioral ads.
Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant , Unbubble in Germany and Swisscows are cropping up across Europe amid the rollout of the GDPR and recent data scandals that raised the public’s awareness on how their personal information is handled and being profited from by tech corporations.
It has been noted that Qwant’s queries had tripled to 10 billion in 2017. It is also getting 80 million visits monthly at a growth of 20 percent. Meanwhile, England’s Mojeek says that it has cataloged 2 billion web pages so far and gets 200,000 unique visitors a month, with search queries have quintupling over the past year.