Original title: Advertising "privacy and security do not track", the DuckDuckGo browser was found to have quietly allowed Microsoft to track
IT House May 27 news, according to onMSFT, the well-known privacy-first search engine DuckDuckGo has come under some scrutiny for its joint agreement with Microsoft, as researchers discovered the "open side" of DuckDuckGo.
According to a Twitter post by Supply Chain and Privacy Data Researcher Zach Edwards, "The new DuckDuckGo browser for iOS/Android doesn't block Microsoft's data streams, and works with LinkedIn or Bing Search." ”
For a company that prides itself on privacy and anonymity, Edwards' findings put Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, into moderation, with the following statement in response:
"For non-search tracker blocking (for example in our browser), we block most third-party trackers. Unfortunately, our Microsoft Search Federation Agreement prevents us from doing more with the assets that Microsoft owns. However, we are constantly pushing and hope to do more soon. ”
Weinberg continued on Twitter, "A lot of people think we're searching in the first place, so I want to be clear that it's not about searching. ”
As for the details of the joint agreement between Microsoft and DuckDuckGo, Microsoft Advertising (the platform) can track the IP address and other information of DuckDuckGo users when clicking on the ad link.
According to the agreement, the tracker is used for statistical purposes between the two companies and is not associated or used to analyze users.
In addition, according to Weinberg, the syndication agreement should only affect browser usage, not the search engine of DuckDuckGo as a whole, and the company is pushing Microsoft to remove it to increase transparency.
As of now, Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.