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Brave browser: Tracking-free search engine is becoming the standard in Germany

If you have just installed the Brave browser, you will now get your own search engine Brave Search by default if you enter search terms in the address bar. This is true in Germany, where Brave was last looking for DuckyDuckyGo. Brave Search replaces Google in the US, Canada and the UK and Qwant in France. Other countries will follow.

The Brave Search works without tracking the users. The team advertises: “Brave Search is based on an independent index and neither tracks the users nor their search queries or clicks. “The change is active from desktop browser version 1.31 and in smartphone versions 1.31 (Android) or 1.32 (iOS). The default search engine can be used in the settings change, say, to google.

In June 2021, Brave Search opened the public beta test phase. Parts of the company’s own search engine technology come from Tailcat from the estate of Burda subsidiary Cliqz. At least a few months ago, Brave Search filled in missing indexes with the results of other search engines, but wanted to remove them as soon as possible. According to the announcement, Brave Search now has almost 80 million searches per month. The technology is mature enough to be suitable as a standard search. If you want to try the search engine, you can do so via the link also in third-party browsers.

This works completely ad-free for the time being. However, in the near future, Brave will not be introducing personalized advertising for funding. As an alternative, there should be a paid premium version without advertising.

As part of the Web Discovery Project (WDP), users can voluntarily, i.e. as an opt-in function, provide data in order to improve their search. Brave wants to collect this anonymized data in order to improve its own search indices so that the most desirable search results are displayed high up. The transmitted data includes, for example, which links are clicked on in the results.

In the communication it says: “In contrast to [anderen] For search providers, the Web Discovery Project is designed in such a way that all received data cannot be linked, so that it is impossible to create profiles or sessions of participants. That means Brave can’t sell data to advertisers, lose it through theft or hacking, or give it to government agencies so we can deliver on our promises through technology rather than slogans. “


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