Private Search Engine StartPage.com Supports Privacy Activist Max Schrems and NOYB

Press conferences in Vienna and Brussels

Max Schrems, Austrian privacy activist, today announced the start of a crowdfunding effort for a new non-profit organization NOYB with press conferences in Vienna and Brussels on November 28, 2017. StartPage.com will support the organization with Euro 20.000 and will raise awareness within their community.

The project, including crowdfunding, will be presented at press conferences. Christiaan Solcer, StartPage's Marketing and Communications Manager, will attend the event in Brussels which is scheduled for 5:30 PM at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel next to the European Parliament. The crowdfunding will start at the same time. Companies, organizations, and individuals can show their support for digital rights, privacy and the protection of data by providing financial support.

Robert Beens, CEO of StartPage.com, considers the new NGO an important strategic partner against the relatively low-key approach to data protection laws we see in Europe:

"EU privacy laws need to be enforced. NOYB will be able to do this. They have an impressive track record, and seem ideally positioned to fight for our digital rights. European Privacy Search engine StartPage.com fully supports NOYB. They will to be a privacy force to be reckoned with!"

Partnership for Better Privacy

NOYB will focus on consumer rights and offer expert knowledge in cooperation with other organizations. It aims to improve privacy and legal certainty to prevent abuse during data confidentiality procedures. NOYB will also offer its expertise in legal disputes against companies that put more emphasis on profit maximization than data protection.

Government monitoring will not be the focus of NOYB, as there are already numerous organizations that aim to improve the privacy of citizens, and surveillance laws are generally regulated on a national level. Consumer protection from a privacy perspective is currently an afterthought and urgently needs to be strengthened throughout the EU.

As a professional, strategic and determined organization, NOYB is the perfect partner for privacy services such as StartPage.com. Created more than ten years ago, the privacy search engine has been setting new standards for online privacy and has been working tirelessly to develop new, user-friendly technologies to improve peoples’ privacy on the internet.

About StartPage.com

StartPage.com combines great search results with total privacy protection. No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is gathered or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed on your browser. Since StartPage.com is based in Europe, it offers the crucial protection of being outside US jurisdiction, where it is not subject to the Patriot Act and other US data collection mandates.

Privacy is the company’s mission and the driving force behind its innovations. In addition to the search products, which process over 2 billion searches per year, the company also developed the revolutionary private, encrypted email service StartMail.com for personal and business use.