It’s not like anyone does anything on the Internet desiring total privacy. Actions they would never admit to let alone want tracked and recorded. From personal/family information, banking data and logins, to passwords, alarm codes, etc., it doesn’t matter what—when you want digital privacy (for legal activities) you should be able to have it.
At least that’s the claim of the web crawler DuckDuckGo, “The search engine that doesn’t track you.”
More and more users are tired of being watched, monitored and tracked while online. Sometimes it’s follow-me advertising, other times your actions are being recorded to collect demographic data, or in extreme cases the NSA is simply recording everything you do online. Web surfers want more privacy. Apple, to some extent, agrees with the frustrations.
“DuckDuckGo is now featured as an option that will be part of the new version of Mac OS X— ‘Yosemite’—due out this fall,” reported Search Engine Land.
Apple is giving its users the option of private search as a part of Safari while using the new Mac OS and iOS platforms. While this seems to be a step in the right security direction, there are still a couple of things to consider.
One, DuckDuckGo declined to comment on whether they had paid Apple to be listed as an option. Two, it is still unclear of what is being tracked using DuckDuckGo. The search engine still operates on a browser, so why couldn’t the browser track what DuckDuckGo does?
Until a true platform like Tor is ready for mass use on the open Internet, go ahead and assume everything you do online is being monitored. But don’t give up; DuckDuckGo could have finally tapped the head of the goose.