In the wake of the NSA’s spying revelations, a golden opportunity has arisen for lesser known web services that offer guarantees against government snooping. Admittedly, a large number of web users will probably never leave the likes of Google and Microsoft simply because they don’t care all that much about their privacy anyway, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that a good number of people are seeking out alternatives.
Take the case of DuckDuckGo for example, the private search engine that has just reported record breaking levels of traffic since the NSAgate scandal erupted. This week, it recorded 2.25 million direct searches – a massive 26% increase over the week before and the first time its ever broken the two million barrier. These stats alone tell us that there’s a large number of web users out there who are keen and eager to find ways of avoiding government snooping – something that also happens to be DuckDuckGo’s major selling point.
“We offer that in web search, and there are others that offer it in other verticals. As people find out about these alternatives, they make that choice,” explained DuckDuckGo founder & CEO Gabriel Weinberg via email.
So what is it that makes DuckDuckGo so special? It’s quite simple really – unlike with Google, Bing or Yahoo, it doesn’t track its users when they search through its site. Instead, all it does is give them the search results they want.
These are pretty iron-clad promises, and it’s highly unlikely that the company would ever go and break them. To do so would be pretty stupid, something that Weinberg makes very clear when I asked him how sure we can be sure that DuckDuckGo will always keep its word:
Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and Founder of DuckDuckGo
In other words, if DuckDuckGo breaks its promises, it’s history, simple as that. The moment it loses trust, bang goes it’s biggest single advantage over Google and Bing, and that would immediately drive most of its users away. That’s not to say that DuckDuckGo doesn’t collect any data at all – it does, but only the bare minimum that it needs to be able to tweak and improve the relevancy of its results…
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Murdoch Pizgatti is a voluntaryist that participates in activism of all shades. President and founder of Come And Take It Texas he has been focusing on gun rights the last two years. As the Co-founder of DontComply.com he deals with the corruption of the state and heads up programs to rally against the unjust and unconstitutional laws in the USofA.
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