DuckDuckGo On Android Now Lets You Block Trackers Within Apps

DuckDuckGo for Android starts rolling a new feature known as ‘App Tracking Protection’ available as an open beta. It helps you to block third-party trackers across all loaded apps.

Over 10 million people have downloaded DuckDuckGo for Android from Google Play. It has search term anonymity, hidden tracker blocking, email tracker protection, auto-HTTPS, and one-tap history wiping.

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In addition, ‘App Tracking Protection’ blocks third-party tracking scripts in Android apps to increase system-wide privacy. It allows you to block 3rd-party trackers from your android apps (like Google spying in your weather app),” DuckDuckGo revealed today.

App Tracking Protection’s new edition lets Android users see which trackers are blocked and what data they seek. DuckDuckGo’s system is comparable to Apple’s ‘App Tracking Transparency.’ Still, it is independent of app developers complying with user choice.

DuckDuckGo says Android users have an average of 35 apps, making 1,000 to 2,000 tracking attempts every day for 70 organizations.

App Tracking Protection promises to thwart these attempts as users browse the web, play games, or check the weather. The latest version of the app blocks without affecting device performance (v5.143.1). The blocking is based on a growing list of known trackers.

It is independent of the user’s choice of in-app tracking request dialogues. To activate App Tracking Protection, launch the DuckDuckGo app on Android, browse to Settings More from DuckDuckGo, and then enable it.

Configuring DuckDuckGo for Android as a VPN on the device filters app traffic and blocks trackers. However, unlike a typical VPN, this does not ensure privacy while browsing or connecting to remote devices.

DuckDuckGo’s App Tracking Protection employs a local VPN connection, which works on your phone without transferring app data to DuckDuckGo or other servers.

DuckDuckGo will ask the user to allow the VPN connection to be formed to enable the blocker. In addition, the app automatically generates summaries of prohibited app trackers to inform the user.

App Tracking Protection’s real-time view shows what trackers are loaded and disabled, helping users evaluate apps’ privacy risks. However, users should remember that App Tracking Protection is still in testing.

It may cause sites or apps to malfunction, trackers to go undetected, or performance concerns. If you have problems, disable the feature.

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