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DuckDuckGo's Tracker Radar database to be an open-source tool for blocking web trackers

The data set contains information on 5,326 domains used by 1,727 entities to monitor users’ online activity.

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Last Updated: Mar 09, 2020, 05.54 PM IST
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Programs that track browsing history, location, and product searches are relatively common, but browsers are now beginning to act against such entities.
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focussed web browser, has quietly been compiling a list of web trackers – programs that let operators or websites collect, store and share information about a particular user's activity.

On Thursday, DuckDuckGo announced that it would share the data set publicly, as well as open-source the code that generates and updates the list in real time. The web browser and search engine company calls this product the Tracker Radar.

Tracker Radar has on its roster common cross-site trackers and additional information including ownership, violation of privacy policy, and unusual cookie behaviour. The data set contains information on 5,326 domains used by 1,727 entities to monitor users’ online activity.

DuckDuckGo intends for the open-source tool to become a publicly-edited database that will thwart illegal instances of web tracking and give researchers new resources to better understand online tracking.

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DuckDuckGo announced that it would share the data set publicly.

Tracker Radar comes inbuilt with DuckDuckGo’s Privacy Browser mobile app and the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials desktop browser extensions available for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. The aforementioned tools block programs that are on the Tracker Radar list.

Web trackers essentially provide a wealth of information to companies, which then monetize this data by selling it to advertisers. Programs that track browsing history, location, and product searches are relatively common, but browsers are now beginning to act against such entities.

Google Chrome allows users to block cross-site tracking and has set its sights on nixing third-party cookies on its browser by 2022. This could also serve to strengthen Google’s dominant position in the age of surveillance capitalism.

Firefox blocks web trackers that are crypto-mining programs. Microsoft is testing similar features in its Edge browser.

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