DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

most viewed right now
27 comments @wild'ish

section   (0 bx goons and 1 bystanders) Share this on Twitter       Share this on Facebook

 3 months ago '15        #1
296 page views

BuyGold 3100 heat pts3100
avatar space
$10,044 | Props total: 48722 48722
DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users


Responding to a forum post that accused it of "fingerprinting users", privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo says that fears are unfounded and that it is not tracking its users.

The allegation was made after the Firefox extension CanvasBlocker showed a warning to users. The suggestion of fingerprinting -- gathering as much information as possible about a user through their browser to create a unique identifier that can be used for tracking -- is clearly something that would seem to sit in opposition to what DuckDuckGo claims to stand for. The company CEO says the accusation is simply wrong.

The accusation was made recently on the Whonix forum by a user by the name of 9jnc7: "DuckDuckGo is using the Canvas DOMRect API on their search engine. Canvas is used to make unique geometry measurements on target browsers, and DOMRect API uses rectangles. This can be verified with the CanvasBlocker Firefox add-on by Korbinian Kapsner. DDG has recently been redirecting some website navigations to cute pictures with remarks about their privacy promises. The organization is now seeking to expand their Internet presence. DDG are without question data brokers, and commercial websites that make promises like DDG does will not survive for long if they actually keep them".

Over on Reddit, Brian Stoner -- DuckDuckGo's head of search -- denies the accusation:

We are absolutely NOT doing any fingerprinting whatsoever. Please see our privacy policy, it's pretty clear on this: "We don't collect or share personal information." visit this link https://duckduckgo.com/privacy

We use a variety of browser API's to deliver a search experience that is competitive with Google's. Many "fingerprint" protection extensions take a scorched earth approach, blocking any browser API that could be exploited by a bad actor.

Speaking to TechCrunch, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg says that the warning is a false positive:

Fingerprinting-detection libraries unfortunately create false positives because they don't anticipate good actors using some browser APIs for non-nefarious purposes for which they were designed. We know this not only because we're falsely identified here (and have been elsewhere) but because we are building this type of detection into our mobile app and browser extension and don't similarly want to make false claims.

So what is DuckDuckGo using the API for? Weinberg thinks it could be the search engine's use of getBoundingClientRect() to "determine size of browser and how to layout the page" that's causing the problem.
visit this link https://betanews.com/2019 .. ng-accusation/

0 comments for "DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users"




most viewed right now
online now  52
OT Ladies and gents.... James Holzhauer - professional g..
2 days ago
most viewed right now
+41online now  34
Image(s) inside lillybangz
2 days ago
most viewed right now
+49online now  30
Video inside WHEN THEY SEE US [Central Park Five Netflix Special]
20 hours ago
most viewed right now
+55online now  14
NBA My son went crazy again, leads team to 3 straight championships, 13 Game W..
19 hours ago
back to top
register contact Follow BX @ Twitter Follow BX @ Facebook search BX privacy