DuckDuckGo Now Says It Will Block Microsoft Trackers

DuckDuckGo responds to latest criticism saying the third-party monitoring scripts it blocks will now embody scripts from Microsoft.

Earlier this 12 months, a safety researcher found DuckDuckGo’s cell browser transferring information to Microsoft-owned properties when visiting sure web sites.

As an organization that guarantees by no means to trace customers, DuckDuckGo discovered itself in bother when the safety researcher shared his findings on-line.

The difficulty stems from DuckDuckGo’s search syndication cope with Microsoft Bing, and CEO Gabriel Weinberg dismissed it, saying “nothing can present 100% safety.”

Now, Weinberg is on a mission to “elevate the usual of belief,” as he declares DuckDuckGo is increasing third-party tracker loading safety.

“Elevating that commonplace means maximizing the privateness we provide by default, being clear about how our privateness protections work, and doing our greatest to make the Web much less creepy. Just lately, I’ve heard from a variety of customers and perceive that we didn’t meet their expectations round one in all our browser’s net monitoring protections. So at this time we’re asserting extra privateness and transparency round DuckDuckGo’s net monitoring protections.”

DuckDuckGo Blocks Microsoft Trackers

DuckDuckGo is increasing the third-party monitoring scripts it blocks from loading on web sites to incorporate Microsoft trackers.

This replace is rolling out over the subsequent week to DuckDuckGo’s cell shopping apps on iOS and Android and its desktop browser extensions.

Weinberg continues in a weblog publish:

“This expands our Third-Celebration Tracker Loading Safety, which blocks recognized monitoring scripts from Fb, Google, and different firms from loading on third-party web sites, to now embody third-party Microsoft monitoring scripts. This net monitoring safety isn’t supplied by most different standard browsers by default and sits on high of many different DuckDuckGo protections.”

Weinberg provides that DuckDuckGo’s tracker loading safety is not held again by a coverage settlement with Microsoft:

“Beforehand, we had been restricted in how we might apply our Third-Celebration Tracker Loading Safety on Microsoft monitoring scripts on account of a coverage requirement associated to our use of Bing as a supply for our non-public search outcomes. We’re glad that is not the case. We’ve got not had, and should not have, any related limitation with every other firm.”

After the replace rolls out subsequent week, one third-party tracker shall be allowed to load to assist advertisers measure advert clicks.

Weinberg explains why DuckDuckGo doesn’t block the tracker by default:

“Presently, if an advertiser desires to detect conversions for their very own adverts which can be proven on DuckDuckGo, Third-Celebration Tracker Loading Safety is not going to block requests from loading on the advertiser’s web site following DuckDuckGo advert clicks, however these requests are blocked in all different contexts.”

Disabling adverts in DuckDuckGo’s search settings will help you keep away from all trackers.

Offering additional transparency, DuckDuckGo has printed a new page with an entire listing of all the online monitoring protections it presents.

Supply: DuckDuckGo
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