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DuckDuckGo search engine to block Microsoft trackers amid backlash



Following the revelation in May that online privacy-focused browser DuckDuckGo allows Microsoft to track scripts on external sites, the platform now claims to start banning them as well.

The platform said it was announcing more privacy and transparency around DuckDuckGo’s web tracking protections after community backlash.

“Over the next week, we will be expanding the third-party tracking scripts we prevent from loading on websites to include scripts from Microsoft in our browser apps (iOS and Android) and browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox , Safari, Edge, and Opera), with beta apps to follow in the coming month,” the platform said in a blog post.

DuckDuckGo said this expands its third-party tracker loading protection, which prevents identified tracking scripts from Facebook, Google and other companies from loading on third-party websites, to now include third-party Microsoft tracking scripts.

This web tracking protection is not offered by default by most other popular browsers and sits on top of many other DuckDuckGo protections.

To further uphold its commitment to transparency, the privacy-focused online browser said it has released a new help page that offers a full explanation of all the web tracking protections we provide across all platforms.

“Users now have one place to look if they want to understand the different types of web privacy protections we offer on the platforms they use,” the platform said.

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