DuckDuckGo Search & Stories is now available for downloading free of charge for Android users who want to read interesting articles but are worried about their online privacy. The app promises to offer completely anonymous searches that do not track, filter bubble, save, or reveal the personal information that users provide.
The app pulls information from a long list of sources, but does not tailor these results according to what it may deem a particular user wishes to see. These sources are categorized into seven: current events, entertainment, magazine, newspaper, sports, technology, and trivia. Among the sources are: CNN, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, Yahoo! Reuters, reddit Aww, Dear Abby, reddit Pics, The New Yorker, Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Hacker News, Lifehacker, reddit Programming, reddit AMA, Quora, reddit TIL, and a handful of others.
The app’s features are consistent with the original DuckDuckGo’s mission. For those who are unfamiliar with DuckDuckGo, it is a search engine that claims to be different from Google or Bing in that it does not save one’s search history, click history, Facebook likes, among others. According to the company, this effectively prevents the user from missing other search results. It also does not believe in building profiles that identify its users, and eventually selling those profiles to other companies. This policy protects users against having their personal information revealed in case the search engine gets hacked, or employees decide to take a look at the data. It prioritizes the most shared stories, whether via e-mailing or reddit upvotes, from these sources.
DuckDuckGo’s statements regarding privacy are relevant in light of the recent PRISM scandal, which led some consumers to question whether their private information is safe in the hands of online companies. DuckDuckGo received more attention because of such scandal, and could possibly get more with the new app.