DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar

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In a previous note on DuckDuckGo search engine, it was highlighted its commitment to ‘privacy to users search habits’. A recent article DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar Exposes Hidden Tracking explains how ‘hidden trackers’ concealed behind most websites track users’ search habits and other personal information. According the article, these trackers collect “your location history, search history, browsing history and more, and from those infer your age, ethnicity, gender, interests, and habits. Companies collate this personal data into a detailed profile, continually auctioning you off to the highest bidders.”

DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar details that “5,326 internet domains used by 1,727 companies and organizations that track you online”.

Stephen Shankland from Cnet.com

Trackers Protections

Some browsers like Apple Safari, Brave Software’s Brave, Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Edge offers options to block-trackers. DuckDuckGo has recently released a open-sourced DuckDuckGo Traking Radar which said to include “detailed information about their tracking behavior, including prevalence, ownership, fingerprinting behavior, cookie behavior, privacy policy, rules for specific resources, and performance data”.

Tracker Radar

According the report, the DuckDuckGo tracker radar reveled that “doubleclick.net on 29,758 of the sites in our current survey (68%). Since it is owned by Google, which has 479 domains in our data set, this means doubleclick.net is being used on sites not owned by Google ~98% of the time. Taken together, Google-owned domains are referenced on 93.2% of the sites we surveyed.”

Additional information on the DuckDuckGo privacy and its recently released tracker radar are found in the following resources.

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