Google is understandably the default search engine for many due to its rich features and algorithms. However there are many who do not appreciate being tracked while they use the internet, which is why DuckDuckGo exists where it prides itself as being a privacy-focused search engine.

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However it is a bit limited, especially in the mapping department, but that is set to change. The company has recently announced that they will be integrating Apple Maps into its search, meaning that in the future when you search for locations, it will pull data from Apple Maps to help provide users with more information.

Prior to that DuckDuckGo had used the OpenStreetMap open-source service, so it is quite a shift to start using Apple’s products. At the same time it makes sense, given that Apple also prides itself on protecting the privacy of its customers. In fact DuckDuckGo states that they value your privacy so much that personally identifiable information like your IP address won’t be shared with Apple.

They add, “For local searches, where your approximate location information is sent by your browser to us, we discard it immediately after use. You are still anonymous when you perform map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo.”

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