DuckDuckGo – Researchers found that DuckDuckGo permitted Microsoft’s trackers to operate on its mobile browser, while blocking those from Google, and Facebook, in late June.
Company’s CEO and founder, Gabriel Weinberg
Browser apps (opens in new tab) for iOS and Android, as well as browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Opera) are now blocking Microsoft’s third-party tracker scripts.
The company’s CEO and founder, Gabriel Weinberg, sought to clarify the issue and outline a series of improvements earlier today.
Weinberg explained that this extends our 3rd-Party Tracker Loading Protection, which prevents third-party tracking scripts from loading on third-party websites, to include Microsoft tracking scripts as well.
Protections against DuckDuckGo tracking
A policy requirement related to use of Bing as a source for search results prevented DuckDuckGo from using its third-party tracker protection program on Microsoft’s tracking scripts.
Apparently, the company has gotten rid of this requirement: “We’re glad this is no longer the case,” the CEO said. “There has never been a similar limitation with any other company.”
According to a separate note shared with TechRadar Pro, the company believes the issues were blown out of proportion.
According to, “Microsoft scripts were never embedded in our search engine or apps, which do not track you. Websites insert these scripts for their own purposes, so they never sent any information to DuckDuckGo.”
According to DuckDuckGo, the company did not previously allow “all or even most” Microsoft tracking attempts in its browser.
Blocked most MSFT scripts
We already blocked most MSFT scripts from loading and further restricted Microsoft tracking with other web tracking protections, such as blocking third-party cookies in our browsers, before this update.
DuckDuckGo noted that tag managers enable websites to load multiple scripts, including those from Microsoft. As a result, “those requests are already being blocked” by protections.