Fact check: No deal between DuckDuckGo and Microsoft to track users online

Published May 12, 2023


Reuters quoted Dominic Sellitto in a fact check story about how there is no secret deal between DuckDuckGo and Microsoft to track users online. Regarding the complexity of blocking scripts, Sellitto said that because some trackers can dodge blocklists, it “creates a sort of cat-and-mouse game for organizations and tools looking to block trackers.” “The idea is that they use a list of known trackers that the DuckDuckGo browser simply won’t allow to load,” he said. “The tricky part here is that tracking users around the internet is quite lucrative, so the organizations that make and use trackers have a vested interest in pivoting to evade blocklists like DuckDuckGo’s.”

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