DuckDuckGo makes use of App Store privacy tags to accuse Google of snooping on its users

Google is gradually adding App Store privacy labels to its various iOS apps, outlining the types of data it gathers from users. Google added these privacy measures recently on Google apps including Google Chrome and DuckDuckGo has started using them to boast its privacy focused approach.

DuckDuckGo tweeted a post criticizing Google about the recently added privacy tags for Search and Gmail. DuckDuckGo allegedly accused the Google that the privacy labels has been added after months of delaying. DuckDuckGo has long promoted itself as a more privacy-conscious option to Google apps, and it is presently citing the App Store privacy labels as proof.

According to DuckDuckGo, after months of delaying, Google finally disclosed the data collected from Google chrome and Google app. It's understandable that the company decided to keep it hidden. Creating a better web browser or search engine has little to do with snooping on users.

They further added that DuckDuckGo is by far the second most popular mobile browser in the US after Google chrome. It owns no rights to collect any personally identifiable information so users will get the online privacy that fulfill the true meaning.

The tweet includes an illustration (featured below) that compares DuckDuckGo privacy labels, Google search app, and Google Chrome. After comparing the privacy labels of three of them, the DuckDuckGo privacy labels does not require any personal information where as the other two obtains such information.

Privacy labels added for Google and Chrome collects data such as location, financial details, browsing history, search history, and many more for supporting third party ads. These privacy labels set by Google is not something new for Google users. Google has been collecting information since many years. But DuckDuckGo is taking full advantage of these labels.

In December, the App Store privacy labels became available. The aim of these privacy "information labels," which were first unveiled at WWDC this summer, is to start educating customers about the privacy policies of specific apps, according to Apple. The data used to monitor the user, the data that it associated with any user, and the data which is not related to user are three parts of App store privacy labels.


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