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DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that places a high emphasis on protecting its users' privacy.


Handling

Does the policy allow personally-targeted or behavioral marketing? No

10/10

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Yes, but you can opt-out3.5/10
Yes, but you must opt-in7/10
No10/10

Citation

Similarly, we may add an affiliate code to some eCommerce sites (e.g. Amazon & eBay) that results in small commissions being paid back to DuckDuckGo when you make purchases at those sites. We do not use any third parties to do the code insertion, and we do not work with any sites that share personally identifiable information (e.g. name, address, etc.) via their affiliate programs. This means that no information is shared from DuckDuckGo to the sites, and the only information that is collected from this process is product information, which is not tied to any particular user and which we do not save or store on our end. It is completely analogous to the search result case from the previous paragraph--we can see anonymous product info such that we cannot tie them to any particular person (or even tie multiple purchases together). This whole affiliate process is an attempt to keep advertising to a minimal level on DuckDuckGo.

Note

While DuckDuckGo employs affiliate programs to generate revenue, there is no personalized marketing on the service as the it does not collect any personal data.

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Does the service allow third-party access to private personal data? No

10/10

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This may come in the form of outright data sharing or by using local third-party analytics software (such as Google Analytics, which collects a plethora of user information).

Note that whether the policy allows sharing aggregated user data does not affect this question.

If the personal data is encrypted when it passes through the third-party, it does not count as third-party access (as the data is inaccessible to that party).

If personal data has been made public by, for example, posting it to a blog, it does not count as private personal information (and is therefore not considered by this question).

Possible Options

Yes, not all parties specified0/10
Yes, all parties specified (including non-critical service providers such as advertisers)3/10
Yes, not all parties specified (but only to critical service providers)7/10
Yes, all parties specified (only to critical service providers)8/10
No10/10

Citation

We do not use any third parties to do the code insertion, and we do not work with any sites that share personally identifiable information (e.g. name, address, etc.) via their affiliate programs. This means that no information is shared from DuckDuckGo to the sites, and the only information that is collected from this process is product information, which is not tied to any particular user and which we do not save or store on our end.

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Does the service allow you to permanently delete your personal data? N/A (no personal information collected)

5/5

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Even if there is a reasonable delay before the data is fully deleted (as is common), the data still counts as "permanently deleted" and satisfies the parameters for this question.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes, by contacting someone3/5
Yes, using an automated mechanism5/5
N/A (no personal information collected)5/5

Citation

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell.

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When does the policy allow law enforcement access to personal data? N/A (no personal data to share)

5/5

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

The service would have no personal data to share with law enforcement.

Possible Options

Always0/5
Not specified0/5
When reasonably requested3/5
Only when required by a court order or subpoena4/5
N/A (no personal data to share)5/5
Never (special legal jurisdiction)5/5

Citation

Also, like anyone else, we will comply with court ordered legal requests. However, in our case, we don't expect any because there is nothing useful to give them since we don't collect any personal information.

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Transparency

Does the policy require users to be notified in case of a data breach? N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)

7/7

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 8% of the final score.

Note that all companies operating in the EU are subject to Art. 33 of the GDPR, which requires companies to notify their data protection authority of a data breach within 72 hours of discovering it.

Possible Options

No0/7
Yes, eventually5/7
Yes, within 72 hours7/7
N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)7/7

Note

DuckDuckGo does not collect any personal information.

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Will the affected users be notified when the policy is meaningfully changed? N/A (no personal data—or contact information—collected)

5/5

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes5/5
N/A (no personal data—or contact information—collected)5/5

Citation

If this policy is substantively updated, we will update the text of this page and provide notice to you at https://duckduckgo.com/about by writing '(Updated)' in red next to the link to this page (in the footer) for a period of at least 30 days.

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Is the policy's history made available? Yes, with revisions or a change-log

5/5

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Only the date it was last modified3/5
Yes, with revisions or a change-log5/5

Note

The top of the privacy policy page includes a change-log.

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Does the policy outline the service's general security practices? N/A (no personal data collected)

3/3

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 4% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/3
Somewhat1/3
Yes2/3
Yes, including audits2.5/3
N/A (no personal data collected)3/3
Yes, including independent audits3/3

Note

In addition to not collecting any personally identifiable information, DuckDuckGo's privacy policy also outlines how they handle redirects to other websites so that those websites don't have access to searches.

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Collection

Does the policy list the personal data it collects? N/A (no personal information is collected)

10/10

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/10
Only summarily3/10
Yes, generally7/10
Yes, exhaustively10/10
N/A (no personal information is collected)10/10

Citation

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell.

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Is it clear why the service collects the personal data that it does? No personal data is collected

10/10

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This question deals with transparency. Even if the service uses data for reasons that aren't ideal for privacy, provided they list all of those uses, the service can still receive full credit for this question. However, if they are not explicit about their uses (by employing language like "such as"), a lower score is assigned.

Possible Options

No0/10
Somewhat4/10
Mostly7/10
Yes10/10
No personal data is collected10/10

Citation

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell.

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Does the service collect personal data from third parties? No

10/10

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This includes the use of data brokers and independent verification authorities (such as background check providers).

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Only for critical data7/10
No10/10

Citation

We do not use any third parties to do the code insertion, and we do not work with any sites that share personally identifiable information (e.g. name, address, etc.) via their affiliate programs.

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Does the service allow the user to control whether personal data is used or collected for non-critical purposes? N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)

5/5

Decided Sept. 19, 2019 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Some services allow users to opt-out or opt-in to of non-critical collection or use of personal data, such as collecting data for personalized advertisements.

Possible Options

No0/5
On an opt-out basis, but only for some non-critical data/uses1.5/5
On an opt-out basis, for all non-critical data/uses3/5
N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)5/5
On an opt-in basis5/5

Citation

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell.

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Warnings

DuckDuckGo has no warnings published on PrivacySpy. PrivacySpy publishes warnings when it learns a service has announced a data breach or is found misusing user data. If you believe a warning should be published for DuckDuckGo, submit one here.


Highlighted Policy Snapshot ALPHA

Highlighted policy snapshots are a highly experimental feature that provide an annotated version of the privacy policy (displayed in a simplified 'reader view') with automatically-generated highlights. This feature is still in its early stages, so apologies if things don't look right!

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Sept. 19, 2019

Ratings Updated

Sept. 19, 2019

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