DuckDuckGo To Block Microsoft Trackers Amid Backlash
The search engine DuckDuckGo is going to block Microsoft trackers in the midst of backlash. Earlier they had permitted Microsoft to track scripts on external sites.
After it was revealed in May that the web browser DuckDuckGo, which focuses on protecting users’ privacy, allows Microsoft to track scripts on third-party websites, the platform now says that it will begin prohibiting the use of scripts altogether.
After receiving feedback from the community, the platform stated that it would be introducing increased privacy and transparency regarding the web tracking safeguards provided by DuckDuckGo.
According to a blog post published by the platform,
“Over the next week, we will expand the third-party tracking scripts we block from loading on websites to include scripts from Microsoft in our browsing apps (iOS and Android) and our browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Opera), with beta apps to follow in the coming month.”
According to DuckDuckGo, this expansion of its 3rd-Party Tracker Loading Protection, which prevents identified tracking scripts from loading on third-party websites and previously included tracking scripts from Facebook, Google, and other companies, now includes tracking scripts from third-party Microsoft websites.
This web tracking protection is not supplied by default by the majority of other popular browsers, and it sits on top of a large number of additional protections offered by DuckDuckGo.
The web browser that is aimed at protecting users’ privacy has announced that it has published a new help page on its website.
This page provides an extensive description of all of the web tracking protections that are offered across different platforms.
“Users now have one place to look if they want to understand the many sorts of web privacy safeguards we offer on the platforms they use,” the platform said. “These protections are available on all of the platforms that they use.”