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Brave launched a privacy-focused search engine to compete with Google

Browser maker Brave has launched a beta version of its search engine with a promise not to track and profile its users.

“Brave Search is the industry’s most private search engine, as well as the only independent search engine, giving users the control and confidence they seek in alternatives to big tech,” Brendan Eich, CEO, and co-founder of Brave, is quoted in a press release.

According to him, Brave search engine, unlike others, will not track their users, their searches or their clicks, and will not profile them.

“Brave Search offers a new way to get relevant results with a community-powered index while guaranteeing privacy. Brave Search fills a clear void in the market today as millions of people have lost trust in the surveillance economy and actively seek solutions to be in control of their data,” Eich said.

The search engine uses its own index but guarantees a fully anonymous search. The company also promises transparent search results: “no secret methods or algorithms to bias results, and soon, community-curated open ranking models to ensure diversity and prevent algorithmic biases and outright censorship.”

Brave Search is available in beta release globally on all Brave browsers (desktop, Android, and iOS). It is also available from any other browser at search.brave.com. 

Brave Search was announced last March when the company acquired Tailcat. Since then, over 100,000 users have been testing the search engine. Brave browser has more than 32M monthly users.

Brave is now among the tech companies, such as Baidu, Microsoft, and Google, with both a browser and a search engine.

Google has been roasted for privacy-invasive business practices. Luckily, Google doesn’t hide the fact that they collect your data across multiple services, ranging from Search to Waze. Here you can learn what Google knows about you.

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