Sign in to follow this  

DuckDuckGo is not as private as they say

Recommended Posts

derkim    111

The Blogger alexander Hanff says in his blog that DDG is not as safe as they say

Read more

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
vcfan    2,337

im shocked. :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dot Matrix    7,115

And just who is this guy? Always nice seeing a no name blogger make a claim with no hard evidence.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
derkim    111

And just who is this guy? Always nice seeing a no name blogger make a claim with no hard evidence.

I would say what he wrotes sounds reasonable

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jakem1    1,610

I would say what he wrotes sounds reasonable

 

I agree, nothing that he said is unreasonable or unlikely.  At this point it's clear that there's a privacy risk involved using services offered by US-based companies or companies that base infrastructure in the US.

 

In case some of the American members are offended by what I said here are some articles that explain further:

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/20/nsa-surveillance-doctors-lawyers-clients-snooped

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/06/google-handed-over-years-of-e-mails-belonging-to-wikileaks-chatroom-admin/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dot Matrix    7,115

I would say what he wrotes sounds reasonable

 

It might sound reasonable, but reasonable != valid, especially coming from someone no one has ever heard of before.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
torrentthief    312

They have the sourcecode for their search engine on github so you could just host your own duckduckgo competitor in iceland and all will be well :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
n_K    1,640

They have the sourcecode for their search engine on github so you could just host your own duckduckgo competitor in iceland and all will be well :)

'Some of the code of DuckDuckGo is free software distributed at GitHub under the Perl 5 license'

Some != all

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Growled    3,880

On the Internet these days nothing is entirely safe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The_Decryptor    1,105

It might sound reasonable, but reasonable != valid, especially coming from someone no one has ever heard of before.

I don't see what that has to do with anything, his arguments are sound.

Edit: not talking about the cookie thing, since that was a 3rd party and the post clarifies it, I'm talking about the laws which state they can be compelled to record all search data.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
compl3x    6,252

From the about page:
 

Alexander Hanff is a globally respected privacy expert and advocate with a background in computer science, pyschology, sociology and law.

 

respected according to whom?

 

it continues:

 

Alexander has given hundreds of press and media interviews on privacy issues, many of which can be found on the press page and is regularly quoted in mainstream news.

 

 

Except when you get the the press page:

 

Alexander Hanff has given hundreds of press and media interviews over the years and this page will eventually list many of them, but this is going to take some time due to there being so many of them. We hope to start adding press articles to this page in the coming days.

 

 

Why aren't any at all posted? I am seeing zero. If you have "hundreds" wouldn't you provide at least the most viewed, popular or mainstream ones?

 

 

Seems suss.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yogurtmaster    210

Well, they shouldn't be based in the USA, this is fully true.  They shouldn't use cookies either or use any software they don't own that involved their search engine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nashy    1,291

Just use Google?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
compl3x    6,252

Just use Google?

 

People want to use DDG to avoid using google. . .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The_Observer    293

Are there proxy search engines, so you go to one site, enter in what you want to search for and the site will request it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nashy    1,291

People want to use DDG to avoid using google. . .

 

How's that working out for them?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
+Majesticmerc    871

Are there proxy search engines, so you go to one site, enter in what you want to search for and the site will request it.

I've been using startpage.com for a while now and it seems pretty reasonable. Regular searches are forwarded to Google with all your information scrubbed. Image searching isn't as good but still okay.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
cork1958    1,070

People want to use DDG to avoid using google. . .

 

How's that working out for them?

 

Perfectly, for me!!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The_Observer    293

I've been using startpage.com for a while now and it seems pretty reasonable. Regular searches are forwarded to Google with all your information scrubbed. Image searching isn't as good but still okay.

Interesting thanks for that. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The_Decryptor    1,105

People want to use DDG to avoid using google. . .

 

 

Perfectly, for me!!

But does it offer anything over Google? It isn't any more "private" in the worst case.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
compl3x    6,252

How's that working out for them?

yeFDgM1.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
derkim    111

Even for Startpage and ixquick are new informations there. It seems that they block unknown useragends.

 

You may be using a privacy-oriented browser extension that conflicts with Startpage. Please disable this extension and try your search again. If this does not help, please contact us at (212) 447-1100 (USA) or autoquery @ ixquick.com.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.