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    Dear fellow privacy lovers and members of the media:

    The Ixquick search engine is issuing a press release today on HTTPS
    encryption, a method to prevent outside parties from intercepting data
    traveling over the Internet. As repressive countries like Iran, China,
    Guatemala, Myanmar, and North Korea step up prosecution of citizens for
    Internet communications that are critical of their governments, the need
    for secure search has never been greater.

    I encourage all CASPIAN members and others conducting sensitive searches
    to use the HTTPS encrypted search feature available at
    https://www.ixquick.com/
    (Note the letter "S" after HTTP, which denotes secure transmission.)
    While you are on that page, all searches you conduct will be encrypted
    and protected from eavesdropping. The service is free and available to
    all, and no registration is required.

    In addition, because Ixquick does not keep logs on its users or link
    them with their searches, sensitive search queries made through the
    Ixquick search engine cannot be used later by governments seeking
    evidence to use against activists.

    Of course, it is always best to use caution in sensitive situations.
    Please note that while the HTTPS feature dramatically reduces the chance
    that a person's searches can be spied on while they are in transit, it
    does not protect users from spyware, malware, and other threats that may
    be installed on a user's own local computer system.

    I have included a copy of the Ixquick press release below and will be
    available for interviews on the topics of secure search and HTTPS
    encryption. Radio hosts: please note that I have ISDN capability for
    high-quality, digital sound.

    Please join me in supporting the use of secure, encrypted search and
    help us spread the word worldwide.

    In freedom,

    Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
    Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 1, 2009

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation praises Ixquick on Security, Privacy
    Ixquick is the only leading search engine with HTTPS encryption plus
    privacy

    Ixquick, the world's most private search engine, received praise for its
    outstanding security and data handling practices last week from the
    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a well-respected privacy group
    representing over 50,000 consumers.

    EFF praised Ixquick for its "truly excellent privacy policy," which
    experts regularly cite as the best in the industry. Ixquick is the only
    major search engine that does not record users' IP addresses or make a
    record of their searches, as verified by a third-party auditing firm.
    EFF also praised Ixquick for supporting HTPPS, a security feature that
    prevents data from being eavesdropped upon as it moves across the
    internet.

    The HTTPS protocol encrypts users' search queries to protect against
    eavesdropping by a users' local Internet service provider, as well as
    eavesdropping by any third parties. For example, a user in China could
    search for "Tiananmen Square" without Chinese authorities being able to
    intercept the query. Of the major search engines, only Ixquick offers
    the feature.

    "We hope that some day, the major search engines can catch up with
    Ixquick," said EFF technical analyst Peter Eckersley, noting that
    Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft do not offer the HTTPS service.

    Computer users concerned about privacy should also be aware that Google,
    Yahoo, and Microsoft record every search query made through their
    websites and link them to the user's IP address and cookies--a practice
    that has come under fire from both privacy and government groups. In
    contrast, Ixquick allows for fully anonymous, private searches, since it
    does not record any personal data on its users.

    People wishing to use the Ixquick search engine can go to
    Ixquick Metasearch.
    They may also utilize the HTTPS encryption feature by going to
    https://www.ixquick.com.
    (Note the addition of the letter "s" after "http" in the HTTPS encrypted
    site.)

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (Electronic Frontier Foundation | Defending Freedom in the Digital World) is a leading
    privacy watchdog group that employs an expert staff of lawyers, policy
    analysts, activists, and technologists. Through legal action, education,
    media, and legislative efforts, EFF has championed the public interest
    in critical battles affecting digital rights since 1990.

    EFF's analysis and comments about HTTPS, including statements about
    Ixquick, can be found online at:
    Several Facts about Google and HTTPS | Electronic Frontier Foundation

    About Ixquick

    Ixquick is an award-winning search engine with an industry leading
    privacy policy. Founded in New York in 1998, Ixquick has developed a
    passionate following among computer users concerned about privacy and
    security. Further information on Ixquick, including details about the
    company's exemplary data-handling practices, can be found at
    Ixquick Metasearch.

    For press inquiries, please contact:

    Dr. Katherine Albrecht
    U.S. Marketing and Media Relations
    877-434-3100 [US toll free]
    +1 973-273-2125 [for International access]
    kma@ixquick.com

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    CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a
    grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and
    irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S.
    states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about
    marketing strategies that invade their
    privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail
    spectrum.

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