Active Decision

Here we will detail suitable alternatives to the major web companies.

Categories covered so far: Search (web, image, video); Browser; E-mail; Map.

This list will grow over time in categories and options…

search (web)

alternative address and comments
Ixquick https://ixquick.com
no IP address or user-agent collection or referral to selected result – fantastic privacy policy
DuckDuckGo https://duckduckgo.com
no IP address or user-agent collection or referral to selected result also has an extremely useful 0-click result box – great privacy policy
Exalead http://exalead.com/search/web
good alternative – simple privacy policy

search (image)

alternative address and comments
Ixquick https://ixquick.com/eng/pics.html
no IP address or user-agent collection or referral to selected result – fantastic privacy policy
Incogna http://incogna.com
has a random option, plus all stored data is not distributed and is removed after 6 months
Exalead http://exalead.com/search/image
good alternative – simple privacy policy

search (video)

alternative address and comments
Ixquick https://ixquick.com/eng/videos.html
no IP address or user-agent collection or referral to selected result – fantastic privacy policy
Vimeo http://vimeo.com
user submitted videos, you may wish to opt-out of direct mail if you create an account
Exalead http://exalead.com/search/video
good alternative – simple privacy policy

browser

alternative address and comments
Opera http://opera.com
no usage collection (if not using Turbo) and ability to disable cookies not originating from visited site (and completely) and with opera:config options you can spoof or provide a custom user agent (also available on Opera Mobile)
Firefox http://firefox.com
no usage collection and ability to disable cookies not originating from visited site (and completely) and with about:config options you can spoof the user agent

e-mail

alternative address and comments
Lavabit http://lavabit.com
fast, reliable and private email service, they take security and privacy extremely seriously
NOTE: Currently the lavabit.com service is suspended
FastMail http://fastmail.fm
been around for over a decade, you may wish to opt-out of their targeted advertising: networkadvertising

map

alternative address and comments
OSM http://openstreetmap.org
open downloadable editable maps, multiple sites run on OSM including a few off-line navigation apps for mobiles
Open MapQuest http://open.mapquest.com
also editable maps, you may wish to opt-out of their targeted advertising: privacy.aol.com