DuckDuckGo browser apps and extensions will now disable Microsoft tracking scripts.
The business says it would “expand the third-party tracking scripts we block from loading on websites to include scripts. Microsoft in our browsing apps (iOS and Android) and our browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera), with beta apps to follow in the coming month.”
Microsoft Advertising’s bat.bing.com domain allows advertisers track clicks-to-purchases.
“If an advertiser wants to detect conversions for their own advertisements presented on DuckDuckGo. 3rd-Party Tracker Loading Protection will not prohibit bat.bing.com requests from loading on the advertiser’s website following DuckDuckGo ad clicks; but these requests are blocked in all other scenarios. However, DuckDuckGo search options allow users to disable advertisements “DuckDuckGoo.
In addition, DuckDuckGo’s iOS, Android, and macOS browser purportedly allows Microsoft trackers to operate despite claiming to “automatically blocks hidden third-party trackers”
Firstly, Zach Edwards, a security researcher discovered this exception on May 23. (Opens in a new window). Edwards tweeted evidence of DuckDuckGo permitting LinkedIn and Bing trackers on Workplace:
CEO Gabriel Weinberg remarked on May 23 that “our Microsoft search syndication agreement prevents us from doing more to Microsoft-owned properties”