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[tor-talk] Invaded by disconnect.me



Hi,

gary02121993:
Oh man this sucks! Why isn't StartPage the default search engine anyway?
Can someone link me the back story?
Thanks!


You might find value in this:

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intrigeri:
Hi,
we're in the process of upgrading Tor Browser to 4.5 in Tails, and
I noticed the migration to Disconnect Search as the default search
engine. That's the kind of changes that we often have to justify in
face of users and auditors, but I wasn't able to find the rationale
behind this decision on the corresponding ticket.

I see the release announcement says:

"Disconnect provides private Google search results to Tor users
without Captchas or bans."


Georg:

Startpage was not happy with our traffic and showed sometimes
CAPTCHAs. Disconnect on the other hand approached us with respect to
search engine traffic and donated some money.


intrigeri:
So, just to clarify: is that the entire rationale behind this move?


Georg:
Yes, although the donated money does not really count here. That did not influence the decision but I figured it might be good to add this anyway
for transparency reasons.

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Wordlife,
Spencer

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