If you saw my rant about Why You Should Stop Using DuckDuckGo, you obviously see I am not a fan of the site or the company. The search results are just not good and the marketing pitch of “privacy based” I just didn’t buy into the fact they are profitable and growing without some type of .
Well it seems the chickens, well ducks.. have come home to roost.
It was revealed by a security researcher that DuckDuckGo does not block any trackers for Microsoft.
The tweet contains a few different posts but outlines the fact that while both versions of the DDG browser claims to use tools which “automatically blocks hidden third-party trackers”, there is a secret allow list that allows data flow from Microsoft including Bing and LinkedIn.
Personally, a company that is getting rounds of funding like this is bound to focus on ads to generate revenue. It just is a shame that it took a security researcher to find it before DuckDuckGo decided to come clean and admit while they track data, their “Microsoft Search syndication agreement” prevents them from blocking more.
I have never been a fan but another reason why I don’t trust this company. The recent Hacker News fallout as well as the messaging they are working to ease restrictions seems like their hands are tied maybe due to some investment or company leadership decision.