DuckDuckGo Now Says It Will Block Microsoft Trackers


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

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

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

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

Now, Weinberg is on a mission to “increase the usual of belief,” as he pronounces 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. Not too long ago, I’ve heard from a variety of customers and perceive that we didn’t meet their expectations round one in all our browser’s internet monitoring protections. So right this moment we’re asserting extra privateness and transparency round DuckDuckGo’s internet 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 following 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-Get together Tracker Loading Safety, which blocks recognized monitoring scripts from Fb, Google, and different corporations from loading on third-party web sites, to now embrace third-party Microsoft monitoring scripts. This internet monitoring safety is just not provided by most different standard browsers by default and sits on prime of many different DuckDuckGo protections.”

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

“Beforehand, we had been restricted in how we might apply our Third-Get together Tracker Loading Safety on Microsoft monitoring scripts attributable to a coverage requirement associated to our use of Bing as a supply for our personal search outcomes. We’re glad that is now not the case. We have now not had, and wouldn’t have, any comparable limitation with some other firm.”

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

Weinberg explains why DuckDuckGo doesn’t block the tracker bat.bing.com by default:

“At present, if an advertiser desires to detect conversions for their very own adverts which are proven on DuckDuckGo, Third-Get together Tracker Loading Safety is not going to block bat.bing.com 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 mean you can keep away from all trackers.

Offering additional transparency, DuckDuckGo has printed a brand new web page with a whole listing of all the net monitoring protections it gives.


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