DuckDuckGo, the "Internet Privacy Company" Fails to Keep Its Promise

August 3rd · 3 min read

Guardio Research Team
Guardio Research Team

DuckDuckGo, the self-proclaimed "internet privacy company", has been caught with its pants down this week. A security researcher revealed that the search engine had previously made an exception to its policy of blocking advertising trackers on websites for its business partner Microsoft. This revelation has calls into question DuckDuckGo's commitment to user privacy and raises serious concerns about whether the search engine can be trusted at all.

DuckDuckGo Created a Privacy Exception for Microsoft

A security researcher revealed this week that DuckDuckGo made a privacy exception for its business partner Microsoft: It allowed Microsoft to bypass to its blocking of some advertising trackers. DuckDuckGo's milkshake-dodging was decried as part of a larger strategy to promote its search engine, despite the fact that it claimed to be addressing privacy concerns.

DuckDuckGo's milkshake-avoidance comes as more and more people become aware of the stakes of online monitoring. In a related event, with indications suggesting that the US Supreme Court will eliminate abortion rights protections provided under Roe v. Wade, The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project has published a new study describing law enforcement and private litigant's eavesdropping technologies. These technologies may be turned against individuals who wish to have abortions if Roe is overturned. More than 40 members of Congress have urged Google to cease gathering Android location information before the potential Roe v. Wade reversal.

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DuckDuckGo's privacy breaches highlight significant concerns about internet privacy, particularly for users who choose DuckDuckGo believing it a more secure alternative to other engines. In the wake of this news, however, it becomes obvious that DuckDuckGo can't be trusted to keep your personal information private and safe. If you are concerned about the security of your online data, avoid using DuckDuckGo and seek a search engine that is more fully dedicated to privacy.

Twitter Fined $150 Million for Selling Private User Data

DuckDuckGo is not the only company to have failed to live up to its promises on user privacy. Twitter has been fined $150 million by the FTC for selling private user data to Cambridge Analytica. Meanwhile, a massive leak of government documents has exposed evidence of the Chinese government's abuses in a Xinjiang internment camp. With companies like DuckDuckGo and Twitter falling short on their promises to protect user privacy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to trust any company with our personal data. Massive Leak Exposes Evidence of China’s Abuses in a Xinjiang Internment Camp The leak of government documents has exposed the Chinese government's abuses in a Xinjiang internment camp. The leaked documents include lists of people to be detained, as well as information on the types of "re-education" they would receive. This is the first time that such evidence has been made public, and it provides a rare insight into the inner workings of China's mass internment program.

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How the leak happened?

The documents were leaked by a member of the Chinese Communist Party who was concerned about the abuses taking place in the camp. The leaker, who wishes to remain anonymous, provided the documents to The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

What do the documents say?

The documents provide a rare insight into the inner workings of China's mass internment program. They include lists of detainees, as well as evidence of China’s “re-education” programs. The leak is sure to increase international pressure on China to end its human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The leak of these documents is a major blow to the Chinese government's efforts to cover up abuses in Xinjiang. It is also likely to increase international pressure on China to end its mass internment program. In conclusion, DuckDuckGo's privacy breach raises significant concerns about internet privacy and highlights the need for stronger regulation of tech companies. If you are concerned about your online privacy, you should avoid using DuckDuckGo and seek an alternative search engine that does maintain backdoor obligations that undermine your security.

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