Why the continuing evasiveness? Here are the only logical explanations (theories) I’ve heard:
Maybe Startpage/System1 is concerned that buying most or all of Startpage would alert consumers it is subject it to U.S. laws?
Maybe they’d no longer be able to claim they are “Dutch” ?
Maybe they’re concerned that it will show that System1 has overwhelming control over the company?
Note that by comparison, Qwant publishes the percent of ownership of any major shareholder – in its press kit. (I’m not recommending Qwant, just showing how this is not seen as an outlandish information request – and even seen as important public information.)
NOTE: I really hope Startpage steps up and answers all questions. I LOVED the search and used it all the time. I’m also hoping I am not subject to retaliation for standing firm on my convictions.