WOW, I've now been blocked from Startpage. Accused of "screen scraping"!

Description of the issue:
How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Clean install Arch Linux, Openbox, DE
  2. Install brave via yay (or presumably other helper)
  3. Start brave and immediately configure, including restore saved passwds (.csv) and bookmarks
  4. Add extensions: darkreader
  5. Ensure “startpage” is set as default search engine

Expected result:
continue to use “Startpage” for all my searches, exactly as I have done always (and which still works on Firefox)

Brave Version( check About Brave):
Version 1.7.92 Chromium: 80.0.3987.163 (Official Build) unknown (64-bit)

Additional Information:
Startpage search still works fine from FIrefox. I’m a little alarmed by the message that now greets me if I try to search from brave, particularly as I filled in their embedded email form yesterday and submitted it, hoping I’d get unblocked, but of course they may never! Full message is below. Please note, I DO NOT, I repeat NOT!! use/do anything at all that could be considered in any way suspicious. I don’t use a VPN, I know what screen scraping is, just about, but have not and would not do it.

Full message reads as follows:

We apologize for the inconvenience: to prevent possible abuse of the service, your Internet connection has been prevented from accessing it at this time.

This happens when a large number of search requests are received from one’s Internet connection in a short amount of time – for example, if you are using “screen-scraping” software, or if you are sharing a connection with many people, perhaps through a proxy service.

Otherwise, if you have received this message in error, please help us in investigation by providing following information:

  • Are you using TOR or other anonymous proxies?
  • Do you have special browser configuration or extensions?
  • Are you using VPN?
  • Are you using a company network?

We will seek to refine and correct this whenever possible. Thank you for your patience.

I joined this site for the exact same reason.

I’ve been ‘blocked’ on one computer only, desktop. Chromebook using startpage isn’t affected. Brave running on chromebook is fine as well.

This has to be a bug

well, at least it’s reassuring to feel that it’s NOT ‘big brother’ looking in!

And just for complete clarity if any devs looking:

yes, using Startpage on THIS SAME MACHINE, but in Firefox, I have no problems at all. So this does seem related to this browser.

Further info: I deleted cache, cookies etc. and reset.

Looks like this has been fixed. I’m able to search startpage as normal again.

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can confirm here also.

No idea WHAT that was, but I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen again! :slight_smile:

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