The DuckDuckGo browser and all its apps and extensions will block pop-ups asking user to sign in with your Google account.The fact is that the developers of DuckDuckGo are convinced that this is one of the Google methods of data collection. The company said that the new lock will work in apps and extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Brave and Microsoft Edge.
Let me remind you that we also wrote that DuckDuckGo Browser Will Block Microsoft Trackers, and also that Brave and DuckDuckGo help users fight Google tracking.
The media also reported that DuckDuckGo downgraded Russian state media in search results.
The option of single sign-on to sites through Google was introduced for the convenience of users, so that they can quickly sign in to different platforms using their Google account (instead of creating new accounts and different passwords for sites). The obvious downside to this practice is that it gives Google the ability to track the sites and apps that users enter.
Although Google assures that “data from Sign In With Google is not used for advertising or other non-security purposes,” the developers of DuckDuckGo say that their own tests have shown that Google does collect user data through this mechanism.
Since DuckDuckGo considered this behaviour to be a privacy risk, the company decided to take a rather aggressive approach and completely block Sign In With Google requests, preventing users from using this mechanism.
Bleeping Computer reports that the blocking is built into the general protection feature in the browser extension, so when the extension is active, all tips from Google are automatically blocked. The same applies to the DuckDuckGo browser for macOS, where the feature is built into “Protection”: there’s no way to turn it off without completely abandoning all privacy protections.
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