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Lima, November 22, 2021Updated on 11/22/2021 03:12 pm

The searcher DuckDuckGo has presented a new tool that analyzes the behavior of applications to block the tracking of user data and with which it seeks to protect Android smartphones.

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It is an extension that can already be tested in the beta version for Android -with waiting list-, which is free and takes care of protecting from trackers it identifies in other applications that the user has downloaded to their mobile device and may put their personal information at risk.

These trackers can take advantage of this personal data and send it to third parties so that they can create personalized advertising and sell such information to advertisers and governments, as mentioned by the company in a release.

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This tool was born from the need to stop this theft of information, since more than 96% of the most popular free Android apps contain trackers, as confirmed AndroidRank.org. Of that total, 87% send data to Google, while 68 percent shared it with Facebook.

DuckDuckGo’s new tool is called ‘App Tracking Protection’ and it is integrated into the search engine’s ‘app’. Once activated, it identifies when Android applications are going to send data to third-party tracking companies and block those transfers.

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The company has specified that users do not need to keep the extension openInstead, this tool will continue to run in the background, even when you are not using the phone.

Trackers’ blocking can be reviewed in real time via DuckDuckGo and it is also possible to detect which are the networks to which they tried to send personal data of the users. In addition, you can activate the notifications of the application to receive summaries of its operation.

DuckDuckGo has been skeptical that even though App Tracking Protection is not a virtual private network (VPN), the device recognizes it as such while it is working. This is because it works exclusively on the phone, but during that process no data is transferred from an external server.

To get access to the beta version of App Tracking Protection, users must join the private waiting list, which is renewed weekly as new members are added to this application. To join this list, it is not necessary to share personal information.

DuckDuckGo's solution involves a feature called App Tracking Protection.  (Photo: DuckDuckGo)
DuckDuckGo’s solution involves a feature called App Tracking Protection. (Photo: DuckDuckGo)

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