Long time readers of this degenerate blog will know I take data and internet privacy issues pretty seriously. But I guess this will be the first time I state that for over a year I haven’t used Google for internet search. I use DuckDuckGo, who’s been around a long time, and makes it a point not just to not track you but help you understand who is tracking you and how they’re doing it.
In the year I’ve used DuckDuckGo, I haven’t noticed a decrease in my capability to internet search. It’s widely acknowledged Google has the most proficient search algorithms in the business, but what do I care? I’m not searching for details of obscure string theory research by some mad scientist in Belarus. DuckDuckGo finds what I need like 99% of the time. When they fail, I don’t go to Google, I try Bing next.
Now DuckDuckGo is making their tracking data more public, so you can see who are the real big time data offenders. No points for guessing who the two worst assholes are:
You might be surprised to see Adobe on this list, but remember they own/operated Adobe Flash Player and have been in the imbed business a long time. This graphic confirms what many in the privacy business are coming to realize, an established consensus, that anything Google touches, to include Android, essentially functions as spyware.
Enjoy your day!