DuckDuckGo has made a name for itself for protecting users from being tracked and maintaining their anonymity, which is why when people learned that the browser maker had given the green light to be tracked by Microsoft, they Was very upset. On Friday, the search engine resolved this.
As of today, DuckDuckGo chief executive Gabriel Weinberg said it will be expanding the scripts that “we’re using to our browsing apps (iOS and Android) and our browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge) to include scripts from Microsoft websites.” and Opera), with beta apps in the coming month.
DuckDuckGo tries to block tracking scripts from search engines and websites like Facebook, but also from more fundamental architects of scripts and tracking software. (Here are five reasons to use DuckDuckGo over Google’s search engine). This browser uses what it calls Third-Party Tracking Loading Protection to prevent these third-party scripts or cookies from being loaded into your browser. If they did, they would be able to track your activities on the web and create a profile of who you are, your preferences, and more. While other browsers and browser plug-ins empower users to protect their privacy, this search engine has made privacy a fundamental element of its products.
What inspired Weinberg’s decision? one discovery by security researcher Zach Edwards, who reported via Twitter that the DuckDuckGo browser blocked Google and Facebook trackers, but allowed some Microsoft trackers via LinkedIn and Bing. That finding was later noted by BleepingComputer.
Weinberg said that, at first, DuckDuckGo was limited in how it could implement its third-party tracking protection for Microsoft because Microsoft’s search engine Bing was configured as the browser’s search provider. “This agreement was due to a policy need related to our use of Bing as the source of our private search results,” Weinberg wrote. “We’re glad that’s no longer the case. We don’t have and we don’t have any such limits with any other company.”
DuckDuckGo still has an advertising relationship with Microsoft, which it will maintain. “Watching ads on DuckDuckGo is anonymous and Microsoft has committed to not profiling our users on ad clicks,” Weinberg said. Microsoft will still record your relationship, but it will not link it to the accounting profile, he said.
If you’re still confused about what DuckDuckGo allows and what doesn’t, the company said it has a new help page that details the web tracking protection the company offers.