DuckDuckGo starts blocking Microsoft tracking scripts to save reputation

DuckDuckGo previously launched its own brand of browser, claiming to provide users with a tracking-free privacy and security experience. The browser does block trackers from most ad networks by default, but it was later discovered by users that DuckDuckGo allows the tracker provided by Microsoft.

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After arousing criticism from netizens, DuckDuckGo rushed forward and admitted that the Microsoft tracker was indeed released by default. Trackers cannot be blocked because the company has certain agreements with Microsoft. DuckDuckGo released a long article in response to the incident at the time. Simply put, it signed a non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft to allow the Bing tracker to collect users’ private information.

According to the ad blocking blacklist submitted by DuckDuckGo Tracker Blocklists, the relevant tracker addresses of the Bing advertising network have been placed on the blocking blacklist by default.
“Previously, we were limited in how we could apply our 3rd-Party Tracker Loading Protection on Microsoft tracking scripts due to a policy requirement related to our use of Bing as a source for our private search results. We’re glad this is no longer the case. We have not had, and do not have, any similar limitation with any other company,” the company says.