The DuckDuckGo application on Android wants to help you block trackers present in all Android applications installed on your smartphone. A very interesting novelty accessible via the open beta for the moment.
On Android, the DuckDuckGo application is a web browser that uses the DuckDuckGo search engine, with the aim of allowing you to browse the Internet while respecting your privacy. Indeed, the application performs the blocking of the various trackers.
Now, DuckDuckGo wants to go further by blocking trackers within third-party apps ! In other words, the other applications installed on your Android device. The developers of DuckDuckGo claim that this function is in the same spirit as App Tracking Transparency available on iOS (Apple)while claiming that it is more efficient.
In the app settings, user must enable the feature”App Tracking Protection” for her to start blocking trackers. To successfully capture the flows of other applications, DuckDuckGo will use a particular technique: set up a VPN locally on the smartphone. This means that all processing is done locally. Besides, it will be interesting to see what the impact is on battery life.
Once in place, the feature will be sure to tell you the number of blocked attempts, showing you the number of attempts for each application. This may be an opportunity to sort through the applications installed on your smartphone after reading this report.
DuckDuckGo takes the opportunity to alert users to the amount of trackers present within applications. On average, a user would have 35 apps on their smartphone (very often it’s a lot more in fact if you count the native applications) and in total they can generate between 1,000 and 2,000 tracking attempts each day ! This information is shared with companies specializing in user tracking.
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