9 Jul

Friends Newsletter #40

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Dear DuckDuckGo friends,

The last few weeks have seen a lot of privacy news around the United States' PRISM program and related programs in the US and in other countries. We started seeing increased interest in DuckDuckGo right after the story broke, and last month we totaled over 75 million queries, up from just over 50 million in May: https://duckduckgo.com/traffic/

We believe a lot of this increase is due to people like you telling their friends, family and colleagues about how you have been getting both great results and great privacy for some time. We also have seen some nice mainstream press including some TV spots:

The PRISM program exposed a lot of services being used by the U.S. government for surveillance purposes. Some great alternatives to most affected services can be found here: http://prism-break.org/. We'd encourage you to join us along with Mozilla, reddit, the ACLU and others in seeking answers about these programs and calling for major reform: https://optin.stopwatching.us/. As part of this campaign, we'd like to alert you to in-person meet-ups happening that happened around the U.S. (and beyond) this week. Please use this guide to locate your area's closest rally: http://www.restorethefourth.net/protests/.

In the past month we've added some additional security to DuckDuckGo, including Perfect-Forward-Secrecy, HSTS, and SSL on our Tor hidden service (https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/). Simply, these changes further improve our encryption, which was made the default back in January.

Thank you for your continued support!

The DuckDuckGo Team

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