SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
Sick of the growing lack of anonymity on the web? Apparently many people are, as ‘anonymous’ search engine DuckDuckGo saw a major boost after the NSA Prism scandal leaked.
“We always knew people didn’t want to be tracked, but what hadn’t happened was reporting on the private alternatives and so it’s no surprise that people are making a choice to switch to things that that will give them great results and also have real privacy,” Weinberg said.
Basically, most tech companies store user information—like searches, email account data, searches on social platforms—in data warehouses, so that it can be accessed again. But DuckDuckGo opts to throw any of that information away and not to save it, Weinberg said.
The policy states:
“We also save searches, but again, not in a personally identifiable way, as we do not store IP addresses or unique User agent strings. We use aggregate, non-personal search data to improve things like misspellings…If you turn redirects off in the settings and you don’t either turn POST on or use our encrypted site, then your search could leak to sites you click on. Yet as explained above, this does not happen by default.”
Thank you, TiA