Top 10 Search Engines for PrivacyGoogle is the world's largest search engine with the most search results and most users. It also spies on you, and censors the web, leaving the user with virtually no privacy or freedoms. Bing and Yahoo can't be trusted either, although they aren't as restrictive as Google. Below are some privacy-respecting search engines that you should consider making your default.
The Top Ten Search Engines for Privacy
Of all privacy-focused search engines, DuckDuckGo is the most well known. It doesn't track you, and offers quality search results like Google, but with less censorship. - shadomatrixVisit Website
An open-source metasearch (it collects results from other search engines) engine that doesn't track you. Users have complete control over which engines they get results from. It does fail sometimes, but that's Google's problem. - shadomatrixVisit Website
Swisscows is a privacy-respecting search engine with good quality despite the fact that nobody uses it. Unlike DuckDuckGo and Startpage, Swisscows doesn't index any results with NSFW content, making it appropriate for children. - shadomatrixVisit Website
MetaGer is a german-based metasearch engine that provides you with anonymous search results. It does lack the features of other search engines and looks outdated, but it's still usable. - shadomatrix
Qwant is a french-based search engine that doesn't track users and works well as an alternative to Google or Bing. It's an excellent choice for users who want a complete browsing experience without the privacy issues of Google. - shadomatrix
Unlike other engines on this list, YaCy is a fully decentralized search engine based on a peer-to-peer index-sharing network. Anyone can create their own instance of YaCy with no censorship and no ads. This makes it the most interesting search engine to use, but it's also the hardest and you'll have to spend hours just making it work properly, but in the end it'll be rewarding. - shadomatrix
Startpage is another private search engine like DuckDuckGo, but I cannot recommend it since it only uses results from Google (censorship).
Update: Startpage has been bought out by an Advertising company. I highly suggest putting this in your dishonorable mentions right now. - shadomatrix
Mojeek is a lesser-known search engine that doesn't track you or store information. The only problem with this engine is that they tend to police how you use their engine, something that privacy-respecting engines shouldn't be doing. For instance, if innocent person is just simply researching the topic 'pedophilia' on the internet, Mojeek will keep their IP address and start spying on them. - shadomatrix
Peekier is a different kind of search engine. Instead of just displaying the results like other search engines, it shows you thumbnail images of the web pages so you can view them before clicking on them. - shadomatrix
Gigablast is an open source search engine with it's own index. This search engine looks very old and lacks the features of most other search engines, but it does a better job protecting your privacy than Google. - shadomatrix