DuckDuckGo will now also block Microsoft scripts in their browsers, after controversy

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In May, we saw DuckDuckGo receive backlash from some users regarding its syndication deal with Microsoft because it did not block Microsoft data feeds, for LinkedIn or Bing. DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg addressed the issues and said they block most third-party trackers, however, their partnership with Microsoft limits their reach when it comes to Microsoft-owned properties.

But as it appears now, DuckDuckGo will now start blocking Microsoft tracking scripts on third-party websites too. This will extend its third-party tracker loading protection, which already blocks identified tracking scripts from Facebook, Google and other companies from loading on third-party websites.

With this system in place, users will be able to have some level of control as DuckDuckGo’s third-party tracker loading protection will prevent third-party trackers from launching completely. In turn, this reduces your vulnerability to security vulnerabilities where attackers can establish your IP address as well as other identifiers that accompany upload requests that typically expose you to profiling. Ultimately, improve your security.

Gabriel Weinberg further indicated in the blog post that, “we were limited in how we could apply our third-party tracker loading protection on Microsoft tracking scripts due to a policy requirement related to our use of Bing as the source for our private search results. We We’re glad it’s no longer We haven’t had and don’t have a similar limitation with any other company.” He further stated that Microsoft scripts were not integrated into the search engine or applications of the user and that they did not receive any personal information regarding the users of this premise.

But as spotted by The edge, DuckDuckGo will not block scripts for bat.bing.com that load directly after a user clicks on an advertisement (this does not apply in other cases) as they are used on advertisers’ sites to measure the level of effectiveness of advertisements. However, you can opt out of this arrangement by opting out of ads through your browser’s search settings.

Despite its advertising partnership with Microsoft, the viewing of advertisements will remain anonymous and Microsoft has further assured that users will not be profiled based on the clicks on advertisements they make. The information collected will be strictly limited to accounting:

Advertising on DuckDuckGo is done in partnership with Microsoft. The display of advertisements on DuckDuckGo is anonymous and Microsoft has engaged not to profile our users on click-throughs: “When you click on an advertisement provided by Microsoft that appears on DuckDuckGo, Microsoft Advertising does not associate your click-through behavior with a user profile. It also does not store or share this information other than for accounting purposes.

DuckDuckGo is also working on “an architecture for private ad conversions” that will help break its ties and reliance on bat.bing.com when it comes to establishing the effectiveness of ads, instead, do – validate it externally as non-profiling.

The browser strives to raise the level of online trust by maximizing user privacy. As such, they have released their browser extensions and non-beta apps and tracker protection list along with their Tracker Radar. This is an attempt to establish an openness where users should be able to lodge complaints whenever they face a problem, additionally they have introduced a new webpage where you can learn more about Web Tracking Protection.

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