Disconnect Search

Disconnect Search is a search interface that promises to prevent third parties from collecting and using user data. Disconnect Search was launched in 2011 and developed by Brian Kennish and Casey Oppenheim.

While initially (until about 2016) an own results page was offered and one could choose between different search engines, today there is an automatic link to the results page of DuckDuckGo [2019].

Language English

Launched 2011
Closed No

Developer Brian Kennish and Casey Oppenheim

Country of Origin US America

2011 - [...] Disconnect, Inc.

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search Interface / Search API
Anonymous / private searching

Used SeEn Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Zehra Ali (2019): »It is a private search engine which effectively disassociates you from the sites/ interfaces which are capable of tracking your footprints. It is entirely safe and secure to use as it only follows those websites which might be harmful to users who are fearful while sharing their private information.
Disconnect Search operates while taking the search inquiry and then displays the result which you demand and instantaneously shows the side messages too. These messages are of that information seeking sites which either keeps records or are a risk of doing so.
In short, it is safe to use with a friendly interface which updates the user about the site they intend to use.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


Example results page for "icre apps" (2015): Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

BRIAN X. CHEN and NATASHA SINGER (2016): Free Tools to Keep Those Creepy Online Ads From Watching You URL:
Disconnect URL:
About URL:
In the press URL:
Ingrid Lunden (2014): Disconnect Search, Built By Ex-Google And Ex-NSA Engineers, Lets You Use Google, Bing And Yahoo Without Tracking URL:
Patrick Beuth (2013): Disconnect Search schützt vor Googles Neugier URL:
Phil Bradley (2014): Search privately using your favorite search engine URL:

Created: 2019-02-02