November 9, 2016 – What is the future of privacy under newly elected US President Donald Trump? Edward Snowden will address questions like these in a StartPage.com special live post-election event on Thursday, November 10.
The free livestream will be available at https://www.startpage.com/
“There is no one better than Edward Snowden to comment on how recent world developments like the US election will affect consumer privacy,” said StartPage CEO Robert Beens. “This will be an historic event, and we are honored he accepted our invitation.”
Snowden became world famous after he handed journalists classified documents detailing the global espionage activities of the United States National Security Agency (NSA). His exposure of covert government surveillance put privacy firmly on the map, but also put him at great risk. Snowden was forced to flee the US in 2013 to avoid arrest and currently resides in Russia, where he has been given asylum.
“Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying and mass data collection are of crucial importance to our society, but he had to sacrifice his free life for it,” said Robert Beens, CEO of StartPage.com. “We are proud to honor his service and bring his privacy message to the world.”
The Freedom of the Press Foundation and Edward Snowden’s attorney Ben Wizner of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project have been instrumental in helping make this historic event possible, Beens said. He also expressed gratitude to Amnesty International and PardonSnowden.org for spearheading a petition drive that calls on US President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden before leaving office in January 2017.
The Dutch search engine StartPage.com offers its users search privacy. No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is collected or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed. Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations created unprecedented privacy awareness which resulted in people looking for alternatives to Google, Yahoo and Bing. This also led to exponential growth at StartPage.com, where now two billion searches per year are delivered in maximum privacy.
StartPage.com is based in the Netherlands, outside of US jurisdiction, so it is not subject to US laws like the Patriot Act, and cannot be forced to comply with US dragnet surveillance programs, like PRISM.