A Dutch search engine has announced that it has stopped recording users' IP addresses.


Ixquick claimed that it has made the decision in a bid to boost user privacy after initial plans were made to delete the privacy details of its users within 48 hours. The company claimed that the technical need to store IP addresses for 48 hours has been overcome by recent technological developments.


Chief executive Robert Beens, said: “At Ixquick we feel people have a fundamental right to privacy. Using a search engine is sharing your innermost secrets and habits, which should be safe.”


The company is also offering a secure connection over an https protocol to help ensure even greater privacy for its users, and is developing a proxy service to allow people to browse the web in full anonymity, which should be available in the next few months.