Help - Does Microsoft Edge Hub expose me to Microsoft tracking even when I use DuckDuckGo?

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 2 years and 4 months ago • Updated: 2 years and 4 months ago
Have a Help item to discuss the privacy of using Edge when it stores browsing history in Hub. How private is Hub anyway.... Microsoft only tells me how wonderfully helpful they are.

Does Microsoft collect the data anyway? I see in the Hub that it keeps the history of all the places that I have gone in DuckDuckgo.

I have DuckDuckGo as my default browser, but when I end an email session in Outlook, it defaults to Bing. What is start.duckduckgo compared to duckduckgo?


Can DuckDuckGo SMEs answer this?

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Let me do my best to address these issues.
  • 1 point of clarification, DDG is a search engine and not a browser. Browsers are programs like Edge, FireFox, Chrome, etc.
  • Regarding the information that MS collects from Edge, I suggest that you read MS's privacy statement at: and remember that MS can change its policies at any point.
  • With reference to seeing your DDG browsing history in the hub, anything that is found in your browser's history is stored by the browser itself, not by the web sites that you have visited. This is a standard function of all web browsers.
  • If you don't want a history of your internet browsing to be created by your browser, you should use Edge's InPrivate Window.
  • Also, remember that there are many browsers available that offer advanced privacy. A simple DDG search will help you find many examples.
  • I'm not sure how you and your Outlook sessions, but when users log out they are sent to (which also displays a !B search field). This is completely controlled by Outlook web site and not by settings in your browser.
  • Thanks for asking about If you like having set as your home page but you don't need the little help nudges give the new start page: a try. It has a bit cleaner interface with no help, just a link to Learn More.

Here are some links that might help:
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 4 months ago Link