Earlier this year, security researchers have discovered that DuckDuckGo's mobile browser has been transferring data to Microsoft-owned properties when users visit certain websites. This, of course, is ironic to DuckDuckGo's promise of never tracking users.
The issue stems from the browser's search syndication deal with Microsoft Bing. CEO Gabriel Weinberg dismissed the deal, saying "nothing can provide 100% protection."
However, Weinberg also announced that they're expanding third-party tracker loading protection:
|"Raising that standard means maximizing the privacy we offer by default, being transparent about how our privacy protections work, and doing our best to make the Internet less creepy. Recently, I've heard from a number of users and understand that we didn't meet their expectations around one of our browser's web tracking protections. So today we are announcing more privacy and transparency around DuckDuckGo's web tracking protections."