Service for Private Google Searches Shuts Down

A service that allowed users to search Google (GOOG) without having their queries tracked has shut down after Google changed the site that the service was using to get results, the service said Tuesday.

But Google said the site was never intended to be used for scraping of results and that changes were made for reasons unrelated to the service, called Scroogle.

The Scroogle project raised concerns about privacy and tracking amid the ubiquity of Google search. Its potential demise also highlights the problems that services face when building their products to rely on other companies, especially if those companies don’t benefit.

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