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DuckDuckGo Browser Enables Smartphone App Tracking Protection

The new feature allows users to avoid sharing personal information with third-party apps to protect their privacy. (Gizmodo)

When a person first installs a app on your mobile device and launch it for the first time, you may see notifications Pop-ups requesting permissions to access certain data or functions of the smartphone. Although users can refuse to share this data, sometimes these requests are not fully read and the information that is delivered is more than is necessary.

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Some applications request access to contacts, location history, text messages, among other functions that may result in a privacy breach because data is collected that these programs do not really need to work. The possibility of managing this information by users is a feature that can ensure the security of the people in Internet.

That is why DuckDuckGothe internet browser, has started to launch an additional feature called App Tracking Protectionwhich allows device users Android know what kind of information is shared with the applications installed on their smartphones.

DuckDuckGo enabled the App Tracking Protection feature for Android devices. (DuckDuckGo)
DuckDuckGo enabled the App Tracking Protection feature for Android devices. (DuckDuckGo)
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According to the official DuckDuckGo website, the browser indicates that, although this function is in a phase of beta testingthis is open and can be installed on devices Android from now on.

How App Tracking Protection works

“Application Tracking Protection for Android It is free and blocks most of the trackers it identifies in other applications from third-party companies”, indicates the launch announcement of the browser. This means that, in addition to identifying the data that is shared with the developers, it also blocks access to other web pages or Applications.

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On the other hand, DuckDuckGo indicates in its statement that the 96% of the apps that were tested by them have data trackers that are hidden from users, so their privacy would have been violated. This function is integrated into the browser platform to Android.

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DuckDuckGo enabled the App Tracking Protection feature for Android devices. (DuckDuckGo)
DuckDuckGo enabled the App Tracking Protection feature for Android devices. (DuckDuckGo)

The browser will be in charge of detecting when the applications that are installed within a smartphone are about to send information to third parties and will block most of those requests data.

Since the function would be running in the background, users will only see a notification in which the number of occasions in which these situations of privacy violation have been avoided appears.

According to him browserblocking the sending of information will not cause a malfunction of the Applications installed that request access to data such as location, but will prevent them from being sent to other companies or applications. The installed platforms will continue to operate in the same way.

People who wish to see in real time the operation of the tool of the browser, they can do it by entering it from the application. Users will be able to see an updated counter of the sending attempts that were blocked, as well as the Applications to which correspond the requests.

DuckDuckGo enabled the App Tracking Protection feature for Android devices. (DuckDuckGo)
DuckDuckGo enabled the App Tracking Protection feature for Android devices. (DuckDuckGo)

Join the waiting list

The beta testing Open calls also include the ability for users to join a waiting list when the tool is officially released to users. In order to register, users must perform the following steps:

– Download the browser app from DuckDuckGo for Android. In case you are already installedit can be updated to its latest version.

– open options Setting and press Application Tracking Protection located in the section of Privacy.

– Click on the option Join to the waiting list.

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