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Thu Jun 20, 2013, 05:20 PM

 

DuckDuckGo Search Engine Gets Boost After PRISM Scandal

The 'anonymous' search engine DuckDuckGo is getting a boost off the PRISM scandal that is putting big tech companies like Google and Apple to shame.

DuckDuckGo, a search engine that claims it gives its users complete anonymity, has seen a 33 percent increase in users since the NSA news broke over a week ago, said founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg on CNBC's Closing Bell Tuesday.

"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.
While the default settings on the search engine are set to not track users' searches or any personal information, if a user changes these settings, information about the user could still leak out, according to the company's privacy policy.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 05:25 PM

1. Goofy name, but giving Google a run for their money.

Right now its supreme for anything tinfoil related, because of the user base. They probably will hammer out a lasting niche.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 05:25 PM

2. Dupe, and this is an advertisement. nt

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Response to tridim (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 05:48 PM

3. It is news to me.

 

And I use DucksDucksGo sometimes.

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