The allegedly “privacy-focused” search engine DuckDuckGo may not be as private as it claims, according to a recent report. According to researchers and eventually the CEO’s own admission, the site doesn’t block trackers from Microsoft, who provides much of the site’s search content. Review Geek reports that DuckDuckGo has made a confidential search agreement with Microsoft in which the search engine will not block all Microsoft trackers. DuckDuckGo also only acknowledged the privacy issue after it was noticed by security researchers . Sometimes you find something so disturbing during an audit, you've gotta check/recheck because you assume that *something* must be broken in the test. But I'm confident now. The new @DuckDuckGo browsers for iOS/Android don't block Microsoft data flows, for LinkedIn or Bing. pic.twitter.com/ol7Ydfo3BJ — ℨ (@thezedwards) May 23, 2022 DuckDuckGo pulls the majority of its search results from other engines such as Microsoft’s Bing. … [Read more...] about Diet Google: ‘Privacy-Focused’ DuckDuckGo Fails to Block Microsoft Trackers
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 … [Read more...] about Is DuckDuckGo as Private as It Claims? Turns Out, Not So Much.