Okay sorry, I was wrong there, I tested it by visiting my own site through DDG, and you're right, the referrer ist not sent in that case. But I still think (and that's just my opinion) that using an affiliate link wouldn't be a real privacy issue in that case. Actually you want to hide the search words used on DDG, but when you use !a you send the search words anyway, so the only additional information for amazon would be that the search words come from DDG.

Maybe you can really just make it optional, so !a stays without affiliate link, !a$ will use it. So people can decide if they want to support DDG or not. And if it is just 100$ a month it is still better than nothing to pay the server costs and traffic.
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