DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, announced on Aug. 5 that it will start blocking third-party Microsoft tracking scripts in its browsing apps and browser extensions in the next week. DuckDuckGo said its beta apps will also start blocking these third-party tracking scripts in the next month.
The search engine has positioned itself as an alternative to other search engines, like Google Search. The big difference between the two is DuckDuckGo blocks tracking scripts and third-party cookies from tracking you across the web.
However, in May DuckDuckGo came under fire after Microsoft tracking scripts were found while using DuckDuckGo’s browsers.
“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,” DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg wrote in a blog post. “We’re glad this is no longer the case. We have not had, and do not…