If you are like me and almost everyone else on the planet, you use Google to search the web. It has been the best search engine since it was released 20 years ago. Google’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” Times change and now they no longer use that motto.
I don’t like that one company more or less have a monopoly on web searches. The other day I listened to a podcast interview with Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition. She is responsible for fining Google over antitrust violations, among many other things. She said she mostly use a European search engine named Qwant. I had never heard of it, but looked it up and was pleasantly surprised. They seem to be very concerned with privacy.
In their philosophy description they state that respecting privacy and ensuring net neutrality and impartiality are their cornerstones. They even have a search engine version adapted for children.
Qwant works on all platforms, and they have smartphone apps. Try it out:
Have you heard of Qwant before? Where? What do you think of it?