DuckDuckGo Announces Android App Tracking Protection

It is a secret to us that many mobile applications use hidden trackers that obtain information about what the user does in those applications, including information in real time.

This data from the hidden trackers is shared with other companies and also allows tracking networks such as Facebook and Google to generate digital profiles, which allows those tracking networks to manipulate what the user sees online, in addition to offering ads based On user behavior and even sell your data to other companies.

According to DuckDuckGo more than 96% of the popular free Android apps they tested contained hidden third-party trackers. Of these, 87% sent data to Google and 68% sent data to Facebook. These figures are similar to the results of another study published by AppCensus.

In iOS there is a procedure recently implemented by Apple that asks the user if they want to allow application tracking, a feature that was very well received by the public. The problem is with Android, the most used mobile operating system around the world, since there is no similar feature to the previous one.

Now the developers of the DuckDuckGo search engine have just announced the beta of App Tracking Protection para Android. (Application Tracking Protection).

DuckDuckGo - Application Tracking Protection
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Android app tracking protection, built into the Android app DuckDuckGo, it is free and what it does is block the trackers that it identifies in other applications of third-party companies

To use this, you must activate the Application Tracking Protection in the DuckDuckGo application and once this is done, the application will detect when your Android applications are about to send data to third-party monitoring companies that are in the database. app tracking and will block those requests.

While the Android device may come to recognize the Application Tracking Protection as a virtual private network (VPN), it is not and that is because it uses a local “VPN connection”, which means that it works its magic directly on you. smartphone and not in the cloud or application servers.

Within the DuckDuckGo app, you can see in real time how the App Tracking Protection blocks trackers, as well as the tracking networks they tried to send data to. When they activate the notifications of the app, they will get automatic summaries.

If you want to test the application with the new function, you must download and install the application DuckDuckGo, then enter the configuration, in the Privacy section select Application Tracking Protection and finally click on Join the Private Waiting List to be able to test the new function.

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