DuckDuckGo has so far struggled with a conflict with its own agenda. The project should be a search engine with maximum data protection and no tracking. This was also transferred to your own browser. Until now, though, you’ve had to accept a few trackers – Microsoft’s ones. That’s because DuckDuckGo uses technology from Bing. Behind the scenes, however, an agreement has now been reached with the company Redmond and Microsoft’s trackers can be omitted in the future.
According to CEO Gabe Weinberg, DuckDuckGo will extend its tracking protection starting next week and also block scripts from Microsoft. This affects its own websites as well as browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera) and browser apps for Android and iOS. The scripts have never been used directly by DuckDuckGo or the apps or their own websites, but may appear on third-party websites.
However, DuckDuckGo will block Microsoft’s tracking requests from the following sites in the future:
However, there are still some scripts that DuckDuckGo allows through by default. These are so-called “conversions”, which determine whether a click on an ad also leads to a purchase. However, this can also be disabled manually. DuckDuckGo is also working on other anonymization methods, but they are not ready yet.
DuckDuckGo is not alone, as even the company known as Data Octopus wants z. B. to rearrange its handling of ad tracking – which led to some discussions. The privacy box is also advertised as the future to avoid extensive tracking. Opposite TechCrunch DuckDuckGo has broken down a lot more about its future plans and how it handles advertising and tracking. So at the end, I recommend you click on my colleagues’ article, which is very much worth reading.
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