Microsoft trackers conflict with DuckDuckGo, added to block list

Oric Lawson

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search company, says it will ban Microsoft trackers in Desktop web browserafter it was revealed in May that certain Bing and LinkedIn scripts obtained a permit.

in Blog postDuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg says he has listened to users’ concerns since he was a security researcher. Zack Edwards thread that we “did not meet their expectations regarding one of our browser’s web-tracking protections.” Weinberg says that over the next week, the company’s browser will add Microsoft to the list of third-party tracking scripts blocked by mobile and desktop browsers, as well as extensions for other browsers.

“Previously, we were limited in how our third-party tracking upload protection applies to Microsoft tracking scripts due to policy requirements regarding our use of Bing as the source of our private search results,” Weinberg wrote. “We’re glad that’s no longer the case. We don’t have, and we don’t have any similar restrictions with any other company.”

There is a lot of stuff out there that determines what gets loaded on most modern web pages. The problem with DuckDuckGo apps was the default blocking of scripts from companies like Facebook and Google that are uploaded to third-party websites. DuckDuckGo, which uses Microsoft’s Bing as one of its sources of search results, had to allow some Microsoft trackers to load “due to policy requirements”. in Reply reddit At the time of the disclosure, Weinberg noted that Microsoft trackers are still prohibited in most respects, such as using third-party cookies to fingerprint visitors.

However, there is more to the delicate dance between DuckDuckGo and Microsoft than just trackers. Microsoft also provides ads that run on DuckDuckGo search results. To let advertisers know when someone clicks on an ad on DuckDuckGo and arrives on their page, DuckDuckGo apps will not block requests from bat.bing.com. Weinberg notes that you can avoid this by Turn off ads in DuckDuckGo search completely. The company is working to validate ads in ways that can be non-tracking, writes Weinberg, similar to similar efforts it does Safari And the fire fox.

Finally, DuckDuckGo aims to be more open about blocking its tracker. The company committed Tracker block list To the public GitHub repository and posted yesterday New help document about its protections.

It can seem like a lot of work on two scripts, but then DuckDuckGo lives within the difficult balance of trying to make its search product relevant and relevant while offering as much privacy as possible to its users as websites can stand before they crash. And the 15-year-old from Pauli, Pennsylvania, can’t quite leave Bing. Weinberg pointed out in his book Reddit has replied Most of the search results and traditional images come from Bing. “Really, only two companies (Google and Microsoft) have a high-quality index of global web connectivity” due to the billion-dollar cost, Weinberg wrote. Every company that wants to provide research to the world faces a double monopoly or a very long journey.

Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to expand its advertising markets, most recently to Netflixperhaps in its operating system. that it Advertising revenue was $3 billion for the quarter ended June 30, up 15 percent year over year but the lowest growth rate in more than a year.