DuckDuckGo is currently running 30 million private searches per day.
The privacy-focused search engine said on Thursday that "it took us seven years to reach 1
Online privacy is a growing concern among many people – and legislators – following a number of privacy-related scandals this year. Facebook said in September that 30 million accounts were compromised after a long year of data breakdowns involving the company since Cambridge Analytica. In September, Google met a survey to track users' location without consent.
"We're pleased that more people will join us in our efforts to increase the standard of online trust and meet the increased demand for additional tools, such as a browser extension for privacy and mobile app protection, to protect users no Wherever they go online, a DuckDuckGo spokeswoman says in an email. "We think the Internet should not feel so scary, and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as easy as closing the blinds.
First published 12 October at 12:02. PT.
Updates, 1:48 pm PT: Adds DuckDuckGo spokesman's statement.