DuckDuckGo wants to put out the fire that started in late June, when researchers discovered that Microsoft’s mobile browser allowed Microsoft’s trackers to work, while Google and Facebook were blocked.
In a blog post (opens in new tab) published earlier today, the company’s CEO and founder, Gabriel Weinberg, sought to clarify the issue and make a series of improvements.
According to the post, Microsoft’s third-party tracker scripts now fail to load in DuckDuckGo’s browsing apps (opens in new tab) (iOS and Android) and browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Opera).
“This extends our 3rd-Party Tracker Loading Protection, which blocks identified tracking scripts from Facebook, Google, and other companies from loading on third-party websites, to include third-party Microsoft tracking scripts,” Weinberg said.
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Weinberg went on to explain how the company was “limited” in applying its third-party tracker protection program to Microsoft’s tracking scripts, due to a policy requirement related to DuckDuckGo’s use of Bing as a search source.
The company appears to have ditched the requirement in the meantime: “We’re glad this is no longer the case,” the CEO said. “We have and do not have a similar limitation with any other company.”
Shared to . in a separate note TechRadar Prothe company said it believes the problems had been blown out of proportion.
“To clear up some other misconceptions,” the company said, “Microsoft scripts are never embedded in our search engine or apps, which don’t track you. Websites insert these scripts for their own purposes, and so they never have information sent to DuckDuckGo.”
DuckDuckGo also says it wouldn’t be correct to suggest that the company previously “failed” Microsoft’s “all or even most” of tracking attempts in its browser.
“Before this update, we were already blocking most MSFT scripts from loading and further restricting Microsoft tracking through our other web tracking protections, such as blocking Microsoft’s third-party cookies in our browsers,” the company said.
Websites use tag managers to load multiple other scripts, including those from Microsoft. Therefore, “those requests were already blocked” by protections before this update, DuckDuckGo added.
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