Microsoft trackers battle with and block DuckDuckGo

Aurich Lawson

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search company, says it will block Microsoft’s tracking tools your desktop web browserafter May it turned out that certain scripts on Bing and LinkedIn were allowed.

To blog entryDuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg says he’s heard user concerns since a security researcher Thread by Zach Edwards that “we failed to meet their expectations for one of our browser’s web tracking protections.” Next week, Weinberg says, the company’s browser will add Microsoft to a list of third-party tracking scripts it blocks for mobile and desktop browsers, as well as extensions for other browsers.

“We were previously limited in how we could apply third-party tracker upload protection in Microsoft tracking scenarios due to a policy requirement regarding our use of Bing as a source of private search results,” Weinberg writes. “We are glad that this is no longer the case. We have not had and do not have similar restrictions with any other company.”

Most web pages today load a lot of identifying stuff. DuckDuckGo apps have had issues with their default blocking of scripts from companies like Facebook and Google being uploaded to third-party websites. DuckDuckGo, which uses Microsoft Bing as one of its search result sources, had to allow some Microsoft trackers to load “as a policy requirement.” To Reddit’s answer At the time of the disclosure, Weinberg noted that Microsoft’s tracking tools were still being blocked in many ways, such as using third-party cookies to capture visitors’ fingerprints.

But the delicate dance between DuckDuckGo and Microsoft isn’t just about followers. Microsoft also provides ads that appear in DuckDuckGo search results. In order for advertisers to see when someone has clicked on an ad on DuckDuckGo and landed on their page, DuckDuckGo applications will not block requests from bat.bing.com. Weinberg notes that you can avoid this disable ads in DuckDuckGo search completely. The company is working to validate ads in ways that may not be tracked, Weinberg writes, similar to similar efforts Safari and Firefox.

Finally, DuckDuckGo aims to be more open about tracker blocking. The company has committed tracking block list yesterday to the public GitHub repository and published new help document on tracking protection.

That might seem like a lot of work with two scripts, but then DuckDuckGo lives a difficult balance of trying to make its search product convenient and relevant while offering users as much privacy as websites can maintain before they break. And the 15-year-old company from Paoli, Pennsylvania, can’t just leave Bingo behind. Weinberg marked his May’s Reddit answer that most traditional search results and images come from Bing. “Actually, two companies (Google and Microsoft) have a high-quality global index of Internet links” for billion-dollar spend, Weinberg wrote. Any company that wants to provide search to the world faces either a duopoly or a very long journey.

Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to expand its advertising markets, most recently to Netflixand, perhaps, to your operating system. His In the quarter, advertising revenue reached 3 billion ended June 30, up 15 percent year over year but the slowest growth rate in more than a year.

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