DuckDuckGo will soon protect you from most Microsoft scripts

Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, announced today that the company’s apps and browser extensions will soon also block Microsoft tracking scripts.

DuckDuckGo found itself at the center of controversy in May when it was discovered that the company’s privacy-focused products didn’t block Microsoft trackers.

The DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser app does not block Microsoft trackers

Brendan Eich, founder of the bold browser, called DuckDuckGo for whitelisting Microsoft from the built-in tracking blocker of DuckDuckGo’s privacy products.

Weinberg announced today that the DuckDuckGo apps and extensions will block Microsoft scripts just like the products block Google, Facebook and other scripts that could be used for tracking purposes. The company’s products block Microsoft’s scripts from loading on websites via third-party Tracker Loading Protection feature.

DuckDuckGo plans to roll out the improvement to all of the company’s products over the next week. According to Weinberg, beta versions of the apps will be protected in the coming months.

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DuckDuckGo has a partnership with Microsoft. Microsoft grants the company access to data from its search engine Bing. Weinberg notes that the Microsoft tracking exemption in DuckDuckGo’s products was “due to a policy requirement.” He notes that this policy is no longer in effect and that this has paved the way for the expansion of tracker blocking across the company’s products.

DuckDuckGo has no embedded Microsoft scripts on its website or in the company’s applications or extensions.

Microsoft is also the advertising partner of DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo and Microsoft have entered into an agreement that Microsoft will not use ad click interactions to create user profiles. No data is stored or passed on, “except for billing purposes,” says Weinberg.

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DuckDuckGo’s applications do not block the execution of certain Microsoft scripts on third-party websites used for conversion tracking. The script loads after interacting with an ad on the landing page to track conversions. Weinberg reveals that DuckDuckGo users can disable ads in DuckDuckGo search settings to prevent this.

DuckDuckgo plans to develop a better conversion tracking solution to replace the current method.

To improve transparency, DuckDuckGo has made its tracker protection list publicly available. In addition, its products show more information about third-party requests in the privacy dashboard.

Interested users can check out a new support page detailing the company’s web tracking protections.

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Weinberg does not provide details on how his company and Microsoft came to the new agreement and the removal of the user-unfriendly policy. Whether the controversy has hurt DuckDuckgo’s growth or reputation remains to be seen. It’s clear that some users weren’t too happy with the reveal. Trust is difficult to gain, but easy to play.

Now you: do you use DuckDuckGo Search or other company products?

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DuckDuckGo will soon protect you from most Microsoft scripts

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Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, announced today that the company’s apps and browser extensions will soon also block Microsoft tracking scripts.

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