DuckDuckGo search engine had another banner year in 2021
Imagine believing that DuckDuckGo’s “privacy aspect” when in 2006 Gabriel Weinberg, had a history of privacy abuse, beginning with his founding of Names DB, a capitalist surveillance service designed to coerce users naïve to submit sensitive information about their friends.
Or they’ve been caught repeatedly breaking their own supposed privacy terms, like when their Android app sent to their servers and stored all URLs entered by users.
First, privacy on the internet is about as real as Santa Claus, and the description fits perfectly because even today in 2021 we see weird guys on the streets who might be bad people wearing clothes of ‘Santa Claus’ because it’s all marketing and for money, like privacy, marketing and monkey, not a real thing.
You go to DuckDuckGo and the first thing uBlock blocks are a few “enhancing.duckduckgo” images, now do a search and you’ll see 10 more, Brave doesn’t block because they’re 1p, but they’re whitelisted like “1p analytics” the thing that blocks 1p is pretty much useless because you already give your IP address and other info to any domain you visit.
But what information do you think these “analytics” want to extract from you?
They use Microsoft Bing so they share your information with Microsoft and Microsoft stores it longer than they do, do you think that because it doesn’t include your full IP address you are now invisible to Microsoft knowing who you are? I mean, there are millions of ways to find out who someone is, by the way you type, the way your sentences are done, your searches, etc etc.
is it still a “Similarly, we may add an affiliate code to certain e-commerce sites (e.g. Amazon and eBay) that results in DuckDuckGo paying small commissions when you make purchases on those sites.” ?
I mean, you literally have someone injecting affiliate links, but somehow you have to trust them, your information is not leaked or traceable back to you?
I mean, do you really trust them? Do you really trust a company that uses Bing? Because duckduckgo isn’t even much use, since they censor content on top of Bing, so they don’t help the internet in that regard either.
But they all share information with Microsoft, so you give your information to two companies…why not use Bing directly then? you would run away and just give it to one.
Only because they say they “collect no information” has been repeatedly shown to be a lie, it could be a myth like all “aspects of privacy” on the Internet, because once you are connected to the network, someone gets your information.
I mean it looks like the same pattern that Microsoft says with their privacy policies and google and amazon and apple and everybody, like a copy and paste document that they don’t follow.
They have weird partnerships with weird companies, like Yahoo, do you trust Yahoo? or what about the fact that they use Microsoft email services? (like…they don’t seem really worried about their company’s privacy)
They were accused of fingerprinting users using the Canvas API DOMRect on their search engine.
I mean privacy itself is just a business they make money off your information but also to supposedly protect your information which is just a lie because they don’t protect big -thing or nothing at all.
You may not use or care about EpicBrowser, but in their FAQ they pretty much say the reality of those companies using Google or Bing APIs
Why aren’t the so-called private search engines DuckDuckGo or Startpage offered in Epic? Why can’t you trust them?
They wrote to us often – until we asked them to tell us how they worked. Since then, they refuse to tell us what data they send to their Google/Bing partners to retrieve search ads. It is misleading to say that you do not save any data if you still send it to other partners who are. Clicking on their ads sends you and your data directly to Google or Bing, which is not clearly disclosed to users by either search engine. It’s strange to call yourself a private search engine when your business model depends on sending your users’ personal data to Bing or Google. We therefore cannot believe that they offer any significant privacy advantage over using Bing, Google or Yahoo directly.
Do you still really think a company like DuckDuckGo respects privacy? is this reality or just a fancy internet marketing scheme thrown at users?
Like an illusionist, distracting yourself with one hand to do a trick, because it’s not ‘magic’ it’s not real. Just like Google and Apple and Microsoft and other powerful and evil tech companies that have made the internet their own little kingdom and all they have to do is the same as anyone in power will say, whatever you want to hear, while they don’t care, and DuckDuckGo, like every other company, has the same privacy documents stating what you want to hear.