DDG "collecting information" ?

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 4 years and 11 months ago • Updated: 4 years and 11 months ago
I was surprised to see this.


Here's the quote from that page: "Users visiting the Obama administration’s Healthcare.gov site are being tracked by 15 different sites via cookies installed on their browsers.

Using the Chrome browser plug-in Collusion for Chrome, The Daily Caller was able to determine that a user who visits the Obamacare site will have 15 different sites collecting information about them.

The sites include: polldaddy.com, googletagmanager.com, doubleclick.net, google-analytics.com, youtube.com, dnn506yrbagrg.cloudfront.net, ytimg.com, quantserve.com, chartbeat.com, google.com, bing.com, duckduckgo.com, pingdom.net, mxpnl.com and optimizely.com."

What up with that?

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I don't know...I'm starting to worry if DDG's the search engine I've been waiting for all this time...
posted by godlikeGadgetry 4 years and 11 months ago Link
There's nothing going on here and we don't track. We don't have a mechanism to track on other websites either.

I just tried collusion and didn't see duckduckgo.com there so I'm not sure what the author is talking about or seeing.
posted by zac Staff4 years and 11 months ago Link
Guess who's relieved. This guy.
posted by godlikeGadgetry 4 years and 11 months ago Link
Collusion shows connections to third parties which could potentially be tracking, not definite trackers (as there is no way to distinguish).
Who knows why healthcare.gov would load something from duckduckgo.com, but it is certainly not related to DDG. And of course, since it is such a fantastic site, I can't access it at all to see what it is doing at the moment.
posted by crazedpsyc 4 years and 11 months ago Link
Just to reiterate, we have absolutely no connection to healthcare.gov.

Also, we don't collect or store any personal information as per our privacy policy.

We do have an open API (https://api.duckduckgo.com/) that anyone could call, but that is not a tracker as it is completely anonymous on our end like everything else. That said, I don't even see them using that so I have no idea what this is about. Seems like a mistake.
posted by yegg Staff4 years and 11 months ago Link