Privacy is relative when it comes to browsing the web , and it's no secret that — to a certain extent — users are always being tracked to some degree. Tracking initiatives are almost entirely non-malicious and care more about your search results in regard to what you buy rather than who you are . Still, it can be unsettling.
Enter: DuckDuckGo . Founded in 2008, DuckDuckGo set out to offer a safer, more private search engine that protects users' searches from being tracked and used for ad-targeting. "Tired of being tracked online?" the company website asks. "We can help."
And the truth is that they can, but with an asterisk.
How is DuckDuckGo different from Google search?
The two browsers are shockingly similar, and to the naked eye, DuckDuckGo search results and Google search look nearly identical. The key difference is that DuckDuckGo does not store IP addresses or user data, allowing users to browse the web somewhat anonymously. Google, on the other hand, does store certain information, which leads to targeted ads and detailed search history, factors that each user has their own comfort level with in regard to their privacy online.
How private is DuckDuckGo?
DuckDuckGo claims to never collect, store or share personal user information, and that the browser allows for a more privacy-focused internet experience void of a third party tracker.
However, it turns out, you really can’t have it all.
Through a meticulous investigation, researcher Zach Edwards discovered a crucial gap in DuckDuckGo's claim of maximum privacy. When examining the browser's agreement with Microsoft , he found that while platforms like Google Chrome and Facebook are blocked from tracking, DuckDuckGo allows trackers through Microsoft owned properties like LinkedIn and Bing . Most simply: DuckDuckGo partners with Microsoft and, as a result , "ad clicks are managed by Microsoft's ad network."
Edwards then took to Twitter to share his findings.
“I tested the DuckDuckGo so-called private browser for both iOS and Android, yet *neither version* blocked data transfers to Microsoft’s Linkedin + Bing ads while viewing Facebook’s workplace[.]com homepage,” he writes in a thread.
The discovery prompted concern in users, particularly those who value a truly private browsing experience.
How bad is it?
In truth: not so bad. The claim that DuckDuckGo doesn't store user data or build a profile based on search results still holds true. However, in the context of Microsoft-owned platforms, your data might still be up for grabs or vulnerable to ad targeting.
Since the discovery, DuckDuckGo has been transparent about the involvement, and has made promises to increase privacy protection from Microsoft trackers.
"For non-search tracker blocking (e.x. in our browser), we block most third-party trackers," said DuckDuckGo CEO and founder Gabriel Weinberg. "Unfortunately our Microsoft search syndication agreement prevents us from doing more to Microsoft-owned properties. However, we have been continually pushing and expect to be doing more soon."
Copyright 2022 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved
Big Oil pressured by employees, shareholders on climateDissident shareholders sought to use annual meetings to press their cases this week.By Steven Mufson
By Mark BergenBy Nora McDonaldBy David Streitfeld
- CMS expands claims data access for Qualified Entity Program
- Sony hackers claim to have credit cards
- Tyrone ready to turn on the power
- Leclerc claims first career triumph on emotional day
- Facebook Tracks Your Every Move, Employee Claims
- Whitehead must continue to turn up title pressure, warns McHugh
- Portrush out to turn formbook on its head by beating Belmont
- DuckDuckGo: Search Engine with an Eye for Privacy
- iOS 8 Lets You Switch to Private Search Engine
- Aviator Brings Secure Private Browsing to Windows
- Are Bing it on challenge claims a bunch of bunk?
- Google Defends Against Claims of Rigged Search Results
|As It Is in Heaven4.7★ / $19.99||As It Is In Heaven (Så som i himmelen) [Imported] [Region 2 DVD]4.7★ / $23.98||IN HEAVEN AS IT IS ON EARTH5.0★ / check it now at Amazon||As it is in Heaven: an interview with Dannion Brinkley [VHS] check it now at Amazon||As Long As It Is Day$8.97||AS IT IS NOW - 25 YEARS OF VISIONARY MUSIC$59.99||On Earth as It Is in Austin$2.29||On Earth As It Is In Heaven$22.03||The Bhagavad Gita: As It Is check it now at Amazon||As It Is$29.99||Angel - On Earth As It Is In Heaven/White Hot$17.46||As It Is On Earth$11.99||Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love4.5★ / check it now at Amazon||Confessions of a CPA: Why What I Was Taught To Be True Has Turned Out Not To Be$16.95||Private Pain: It's About Life, Not Just Sex ... Understanding Vaginismus & Dyspareunia$7.67||A Kid's Guide to Understanding the End Times: Bible Prophecy, the Rapture and How It All Turns Out (Left Behind: A Kid's Guide)$75.97||Life Is Never As It Seems (Black Coral) check it now at Amazon||It Might Turn Out We Are Real check it now at Amazon||Private Pain: It's About Life, Not Just Sex$70.91||California As It Is, And As It May Be; Or, A Guide To The Gold Region$18.99||It's Turned Out Nice Again!$17.61||The Name of God Y.eH.oW.aH Which is Pronounced as it is Written I Eh oU Ah: Its Story check it now at Amazon||Life Is Never As It Seems check it now at Amazon||How it All Turned Out check it now at Amazon||Private Pain - It's About Life, Not Just Sex check it now at Amazon||Not Everything Is Quite As It Seems check it now at Amazon||It's Not So Much The Heat . . . It's The Humidity [Explicit] check it now at Amazon||Not So Much to Be Loved As to Love (Version 2) check it now at Amazon||Everything Is Nothing As It Seems$0.99||Is This The Way It's Turning Out? check it now at Amazon|
Is DuckDuckGo as Private as It Claims? Turns Out, Not So Much. have 1049 words, post on www.chron.com at May 27, 2022. This is cached page on USA Posts. If you want remove this page, please contact us.