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Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo releases Tracker Radar

almost 3 years ago by IanDorfman

The development team behind the popular privacy-focused web search engine DuckDuckGo has announced and explained its open source tracking protection tech.

In a post on the search engine's official blog, DuckDuckGo staff explain the comprehensive nature of tracking individual Internet usage habits and how its used by advertisers and other actors in order to influence your browsing and purchasing decisions. These trackers can parse your browsing, location, and search histories alongside other historical data. Using this data, even without strictly personally identifiable information, they can infer various personal aspects of your individual self, such as your age, ethnicity, gender, habits, and interests.

To combat this tracking, DuckDuckGo has implemented the DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar into the mobile DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser app and desktop DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension. Both the app and extension will now feature built-in tracking protection, anonymous and private searching, and enhanced encryption when browsing search results.

The latest addition to this built-in protection, the Tracker Radar, is an automatically and continuously updated list of trackers that is designed to maintain website functionality and maintain comprehensive web coverage as opposed to the myriad of manually curated and updated tracker blockers available. The aim of this automatically updated protection is in order to help drive more people to use tracker blocking tools.

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar is now available worldwide as an open source pair of information compendiums.

Further coverage: DuckDuckGo Blog

  • FreeOpen Source
  • Self-Hosted

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar is a best-in-class, automatically-generated data set about trackers that are made available for research and generating block lists.