DuckDuckGo launches Tracker Radar to enhance online privacy2020-03-05 18:24 by Daniela
Tags: DuckDuckGo, Tracker Radar
The privacy search engine company, DuckDuckGo, has announced the availability of Tracker Radar which helps users boost their privacy online. Users can benefit from the tool by using DuckDuckGo's apps and extensions. DuckDuckGo also made the resource open source and shared how individuals, developers, and researches can make use of the tool.
Tracker Radar is actually two sets of information being made available publicly under an open source license. The first consists of a file for each third-party domain associated with tracking, including detailed information per domain on prevalence, categories, fingerprinting, cookies, performance, owners, subdomains, the resources used, and the total number of sites the domain is linked with. The second set of information contains parent entities associated with each domain. With this information it's possible to "accurately determine when a tracker is being used in a third-party context."
DuckDuckGo launched Tracker Radar for a number of reasons and users. Individuals can take advantage of better tracker prevention because the extensions can now use this detailed information resource. Developers can use the information to generate enhanced tracker block lists, and researchers can use the information to study web tracking in much greater detail.
Notably, tracker blocking can cause problems with websites, like preventing videos from playing, stopping you from completing e-commerce transactions and breaking login processes. DuckDuckGo checks for those problems and, in its own browsers and extensions, tries to work around them with code that paves over the problems without actually releasing personal information.
DuckDuckGo's Privacy Browser for iOS is a free download from the App Store. For devs and researchers, you can find the Tracker Radar data set on Github.
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