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Use of ‘anonymous’ search engine rockets in wake of US spying scandal


A search engine that does not track its users’ search habits has skyrocketed in popularity in the wake of revelations about US spy agencies’ requests for data from technology companies.

DuckDuckGo, a service that does not does not keep a record of searches or tailor them to what its users have looked for in the past, said it took the company four years to get one million searches a day, but this had tripled to three million in the eight days after the PRISM surveillance scandal broke.

A tweet from the company said: “It took 1445 days to get 1M searches, 483 days to get 2M searches, and then just 8 days to pass 3M searches.”

The number is still minute compared to Google, which handles 3.3 billion searches a day.

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg told CNBC: “We always knew people didn’t want to be tracked,” adding, “but what hadn’t happened was reporting on the private alternatives and so it’s no surprise that people are making a choice to switch to things that that will give them great results and also have real privacy.”

DuckDuckGo does not create a “profile” of searches like Google, one of the internet companies that has asked a special US court handling national security investigations for permission to publish the number of government requests for data it has received.

  1. I’ve noticed that search engine appearing in my logs a lot more frequently.


    • Duckduckgo are great and totally separate from Google, so supporting them helps the emergence of a new search engine.
      StartPage has doubled it’s searches since Snowden… to 4 million queries a day, and DDG are at 3 million. This is an awesome development. 🙂
      We’re actually seeing privacy technology double in usage, overnight. 🙂 🙂


  2. How about the non tracking anonymous search and the image search is the best


    • I’ve checked out their site – and they have a Facebook like on their page.

      The German ICO fines any Germany company 50,000 euro’s for a facebook like – it exports personal data to the US which means the data is directly placed under the Patriot Act.

      The terms state blah blah we are not responsible for 3rd parties.

      My instant reaction to these 2 issues, was that their privacy polices fails.

      They are providing data to the Patriot Act and FISA, via Facebook.

      I adore the German ICO – their privacy is world standard, so I’ll stay with or for now. But thanks for the comment… you made me go look up a new company. 🙂


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