Privacy-focused browser Brave abandons Google search and defaults to its own search engine 'Brave Search'



Brave, a privacy-focused browser, used to use Google search as its default search engine, but has announced that it will now default to its own search engine, Brave Search.

Privacy-preserving Brave Search Replaces Google as the Default Search Engine in the Brave Browser | Brave Browser
https://brave.com/search-and-web-discovery/

Brave Removes Google as its Default Search Engine --Thurrott.com
https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/web-browsers/258380/brave-removes-google-as-its-default-search-engine



From a privacy perspective, existing browsers and search engines are concerned about tracking user behavior and collecting information in order to display advertisements. Brave, a browser released in 2019, claims to have strong privacy protection and does not track users, while Barve has so far defaulted to existing Google search. .. Since the service provided by Google is particularly problematic in how to handle user information, Brave acquired the open search engine 'Tailcat ' in March 2021 and is focusing on developing its own search engine 'Brave Search'. I have put in.

Browser with ad blocking function 'Brave' purchases search engine --GIGAZINE



And as of October 19, 2021, Brave defaults to US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany users in its latest desktop browser (version 1.31), Android app (version 1.31), and iOS app (version 1.32). Announced that Brave Search is now available. Users in these five countries will be able to use localized Brave Search. Of course, you can change to another search engine from the setting screen.

In addition, Brave Search is not displaying advertisements at the time of article creation, but the free version will soon start displaying 'modest advertisements'. And in the future, an ad-free premium version will be available.

In addition to the above, Brave also announced what is known as the 'Web Discovery Project (WDP)'. By opting in to WDP, users will send Brave anonymous data of searches and web page visits made within the Brave browser. By sending the data, the user can see the queries related to the search word. Brave states that data collection is done in a way that protects the privacy of users.

At first glance, the WDP that collects user information is similar to other browser practices, but Brave says about WDP: ' Big Tech search engines collect user information without notifying or asking the user. And they create their own index, a list of billions of web pages that display search results, to prevent them from becoming obsolete or irrelevant. Much of the data is associated with individual users by identifiers and linkable records . ”“ WDP is a radical change in the way search indexes are built to display search results that are relevant to users. '.

in Software,   Security, Posted by logq_fa