DuckDuckGo steps up protection against Microsoft trackers amid user dissatisfaction

DuckDuckGo steps up protection against Microsoft trackers amid user dissatisfaction

In May this year, it became known that mobile versions of the DuckDuckGo browser, which offers a high level of privacy protection and is positioned by developers as a safe product, are blocking Google and Facebook trackers.*, but allows Microsoft scripts to collect user data. This provoked a negative reaction from the user community, under which pressure the developers gave up and announced increased protection against Microsoft trackers.

    Image source: 9to5Mac

Image source: 9to5Mac

According to available data, starting next week, the list of third-party tracking scripts blocked in DuckDuckGo will be expanded. It will include Microsoft trackers. This innovation applies to browser versions for Android and iOS devices, as well as extensions for desktop browsers.

“This web tracking protection is not offered by default in most other major browsers and sits on top of many other DuckDuckGo web tracking protections. This means that our browsers and extensions currently offer stronger protection against Microsoft trackers by default than Chrome, Firefox, Safari and others.”— commented DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg (Gabriel Weinberg).

Weinberg also noted that Microsoft scripts have never been embedded into the DuckDuckGo search engine or any application that doesn’t track user activity. He pointed out that websites embed scripts for their own purposes, so the information collected in this way is not transmitted to DuckDuckGo. The head of the company reminded that the developers of DuckDuckGo had previously restricted Microsoft’s tracking with other protective measures, including blocking third-party Microsoft cookies.

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