DuckDuckGo's browser finally blocks Microsoft trackers

DuckDuckGo announced on August 5, 2022 that it will block Microsoft's tracking scripts, which were previously unblocked in DuckDuckGo's browser due to restrictions attached to its contract with Microsoft.

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DuckDuckGo browser now blocks all Microsoft trackers, most of the time

Known for its privacy-focused search engine, DuckDuckGo has released mobile browsers for iOS and Android , extensions for major browsers, and a desktop browser beta for Mac in April 2022. is also published . However, in May 2022, it was discovered that DuckDuckGo's browser did not block Microsoft's tracker, and received a backlash from users.

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Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of DuckDuckGo, updated his official blog on August 5, saying, ``In the next week, we will extend third-party tracking scripts that block loading on websites, and browser apps (iOS / Android). ) and browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera), ''he announced that DuckDuckGo's browser and extensions will block Microsoft's third-party trackers. . It will also be blocked in beta browsers by September.

According to Weinberg, policy requirements for using Bing as a source of search results had previously limited the application of Microsoft's tracking scripts to DuckDuckGo's third-party tracker protection.

When this was discussed on the online bulletin board Reddit, Mr. Weinberg himself posted a post on Reddit and explained that he was discussing with Microsoft to lift the restrictions. And with this announcement, it became clear that this restriction will be lifted.

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However, according to IT news site BleepingComputer, DuckDuckGo still uses Microsoft's advertising service, Microsoft Advertising, as ads displayed in search engines, so Microsoft's trackers are still limitedly allowed while using the browser. It is said that it will be done.

This happens because when you do a DuckDuckGo search and click on an ad that appears, you are allowed to run a tracking script from If you want to avoid this, you can disable ads in DuckDuckGo's settings.

In the future, DuckDuckGo plans to replace the tracker with a privacy-friendly tracking script being developed by Safari and Firefox.

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