Report: Search Site DuckDuckGo Hands User Data Over to Google


If you think you are avoiding the intrusive practices of Google by using alternative search site DuckDuckGo, a new report finds that the alternative site may still be handing your user data over to Google, anyway.

According to a report on One America News, DuckDuckGo is not much of a safe alternative for Internet users.

OAN spoke to Rich Granville, CEO of search engine site Yippy.com , and Granville pointed out that contrary to what DuckDuckGo claims, its code source contains customer tracking devices called “cookies.”

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A cookie is a line of code that allows the website to track its visitors. Cookies are used by Google to target users for specific ads. If a user has visited a lot of sports sites, Google will see that and tailor ads that might appeal to a sports fan. If that user has bought a lot of books online, the ads may pop up for books sellers. And on and on.

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DuckDuckGo, though, claims it is a “private” search engine and that it never tracks users. However, according to Granville, a look at the search site’s source code shows that DuckDuckGo does include several cookies.

 

“Internet search is the most informative and the most influencing media there is in the world,” Granville told OAN this week. “Google controls just about 90 percent of all searches.”

“DuckDuckGo talks about their privacy, right, saying that they’re a private search engine,” Granville explained, “and if anybody had 6th grade developer tools, they can go into DuckDuckGo and they will see tracking cookies” in the site’s source code.

DuckDuckGo, however, claims it does not track its users. This seems suspect to Granville who wonders just who is getting all the data from the tracking cookies in DuckDuckGo’s website.

“What I can tell is they have targeted advertising, and they have two cookies on their site — somebody is tracking you,” Granville noted. “DuckDuckGo may not be tracking you on their servers — which I find hard to believe — but, certainly they are handing that information off to the two other cookies. And who knows what those other companies are doing — which I suspect is Google — and who Google is selling that information to on down the line.”

DuckDuckGo handles 40 million searches a day all while telling users that their data is private, that they are not being tracked, and their data is not being sold.

Before OAN’s report went live, DuckDuckGo had two weeks to respond to questions about the cookies in its source code but the search site never responded.

Granville’s search engine, Yippy.com, is one of the only search engine sites on the web that absolutely does not track users and does not sell user data.

Sarah Corriher also recently looked into DuckDuckGo’s recent background and actions and found that DuckDuckGo donates heavily to far left wing causes and takes money from anti-American billionaire George Soros.

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