European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

« (…) Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant , Unbubble in Germany and Swisscows don’t track user data, filter results or show “behavioral” ads. (…)

Traffic numbers show interest is rising. Qwant’s queries tripled to 10 billion in 2017. On a monthly basis, it’s getting 80 million visits while requests are growing 20 percent. Leandri says the site now accounts for 6 percent of search engine market share in France, its biggest market.

Qwant is even getting official support. Last month the French army and parliament both said they would drop Google and use Qwant as their default search engine, as part of efforts to reclaim European “digital sovereignty.” »