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DuckDuckGo Resolves Microsoft Tracking Problems

Due to a syndication agreement with the corporation, they previously couldn't ban third-party Microsoft trackers on third-party websites

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: Unlike other browsers, one of the few browsers that take privacy seriously is the DuckDuckGo. However, a new report from May showed that the browser developers had a special spot for Microsoft trackers.

It indicated that trackers linked to the Bing and LinkedIn sites weren’t actively being blocked.

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But this month, things are about to change. After receiving harsh criticism from its users and experiencing a huge Twitter storm, DuckDuckGo declared that the tracking problems with Microsoft had been resolved.

Due to a syndication agreement with the corporation, they previously couldn’t ban third-party Microsoft trackers on third-party websites.

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Microsoft scripts will be a part of this new third-party tracker protection in their browsing app products for iOS and Android. Additionally, it will apply to add-ons for well-known browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Opera.

The 3rd-Party Tracker Loading Protection on DuckDuckGo currently disables trackers from digital behemoths like Facebook and Google. The trackers from Facebook, Google, and other companies are placed on third-party websites and can be used to track you. Other browsers do not prevent the loading of these tracking scripts, according to DuckDuckGo.

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It implies that they can still observe you and profile you using information like your IP address. However, DuckDuckGo prevents your browser from loading these trackers.

In the upcoming weeks, all DuckDuckGo goods will reflect the adjustments. Therefore, whenever you visit any website that uses such tracking scripts, Microsoft trackers will also be disabled. The company clearly stated that none of its products, including browser apps and extensions, have ever contained Microsoft trackers.

The CEO of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg, further explained their relationship with Microsoft to display advertisements. However, they have a contract that forbids Microsoft from creating user profiles based on ad clicks.

Additionally, it is now possible to examine and confirm which trackers DuckDuckGo prevents from loading, thanks to the release of the tracker protection list.

All DuckDuckGo apps’ Privacy Dashboards will now include comprehensive details about the trackers that have been banned.

Additionally, a new help page that describes the different types of blacklisted trackers has been introduced to the corporate website. In general, DuckDuckGo fixed every issue that users had a few months ago.

Also Read: Microsoft is the First Major Technology Company to Reduce Staff During the Financial Crisis

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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