Little Known Search Engine Doubles Web Traffic After NSA Scandal


Web-users who want to protect their privacy have been switching to a small unheard of search engine in the wake of the government’s NSA ‘PRISM’ revelations.

DuckDuckGo, a little known U.S. company in Pennsylvania, sets itself aside from its giant competitors such as Google and Yahoo, by not sharing any of its clients’ data with searched websites. This means no targeted advertising and no skewed search results.

Aside from the reduced ads, this unbiased and private approach to using the internet is appealing to users angered at the news that U.S. government (the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the servers of big search engine companies, allowing them to ‘watch’ users…


DuckDuckGo, based in Pennsylvania, does not share user data with sites.

Within just two weeks of the NSA’s operations being leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden, DuckDuckGo’s traffic had doubled – from serving 1.7million searches a day, to 3million.

‘We started seeing an increase right when the story broke, before we were covered in the press,’ said Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO, speaking to The Guardian.

DuckDuckGo, named after an American children’s tag game Duck Duck Goose, was solo-founded by Mr Weinberg in 2008, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

[Ken adds: You might want to get in the habit of using or instead of Google for your searches. You will apparently get better results that are not skewed towards your browsing history, and you will not be tracked.]

How you are tracked online…

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  1. We’re way ahead of you Brother Ken! StartPage is pretty good, and as you say above it is private and only searches based on your input, not the “input” of those who pay for “premium placement”.

  2. is duckduck not collecting info ?
    who really knows , for all we know duck duck is the NSA .
    i have no problem with that search engine , but what do we really know ?

    1. You bring up a valid argument. Life includes measuring the risks, and making decisions based upon them.

      If you have a choice of entering door #1 which you KNOW is spying on you, or, door #2 which is reportedly not spying on you, you have a choice of entering either door. Some people may assume that ALL search engines are spying on you via their marketing efforts and their government ties, and enter door #1 because that is their habit. Others might be willing to test door #2 based on reports that it is “spy free”, so why not give it a go…

      Do you really know for sure? No.

      The safest bet is to assume that EVERYTHING you do on the internet is tracked and cataloged. All you can do is hedge your bets by choosing what might be less intrusive on your privacy, assuming that you are even concerned about such things.

      1. so, the next question? do you cruise the (known watched) routes billions are cruising? Or do you cruise the less populated country routes that may or may not be tracked. Is there, Safety in numbers or more isolated groups?
        As with a coffee shop wifi (any wifi!), where does it go what is collected??

  3. Wow, interesting business approach. We’ll see how it pans out.

    Horrible name though, lol.

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