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Privacy-minded DuckDuckGo engine will now block Google Sign-in pop-ups


DuckDuckGo, a popular privacy-focused platform, has announced its apps and extensions would now block Google Sign-in prompts. It claims such pop-ups are annoying and cause privacy risks for users.

The popularity of DuckDuckGo stems from the fact that it offers a privacy-focused search engine, an email service, mobile apps that include numerous privacy features, and data-protecting browser extensions.

The firm is now taking another step users will most probably enjoy. It has announced that all its Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Microsoft Edge apps and browser extensions will now actively block Google sign-in prompts displayed on sites.

“Have you seen these Google sign-in pop-ups lately? They may seem helpful but signing in actually gives consent to being tracked,” DuckDuckGo said on Twitter.

Google really does offer a single sign-in option on various websites – users can quickly sign in using their Google account for convenience and unified control. It in essence means users can skip the hassle of creating new accounts or managing multiple passwords.

But, according to DuckDuckGo and their tests, the downside is that the websites and apps users sign into can actually be tracked by Google, even if the latter company explicitly states that “data from Sign In With Google is not used for ads or other non-security purposes."

In other words, DuckDuckGo believes Google still collects data and the privacy-minded company has now chosen to not give users the option to take up the tech giant’s sign-in prompts at all. All you need as a user is to have a DuckDuckGo browser extension active, and all Google prompts will be blocked automatically.

Just this November, DuckDuckGo also enabled Android users worldwide to block third-party trackers across all their installed apps. The App Tracking Protection feature of DuckDuckGo for Android, a popular privacy-focused web browser, has reached open beta.

The new version of App Tracking Protection lets Android users see exactly what trackers are blocked and what type of information they are targeting.

It’s comparable to Apple's App Tracking Transparency feature. But DuckDuckGo's system does not depend on the app developers' compliance with user choice.

According to DuckDuckGo, Android users have an average of 35 apps installed on their devices. This supposedly generates between a thousand and 2,000 tracking attempts daily for over 70 tracking companies.

The App Tracking Protection promises to block all these attempts in the background while the users regularly browse the web, play games, or check various other apps. DuckDuckGo says that the blocking doesn’t cause a noticeable impact on device performance.


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