Wednesday, February, 20, 2019 11:58:00
  • The search engine’s map-based search results would now be powered using data facilitated by Apple Maps.
  • The search engine would become one of the biggest Apple Map users after the tech giant opened up the Apple Map service to the web.

DuckDuckGo, Inc. (DuckDuckGo), a renowned privacy-oriented internet search engine, has reportedly announced that it would be using data facilitated by Apple Inc’s Apple Maps to power the search engine’s map-based searches.

Reports cite, while DuckDuckGo had previously provided a limited map-based search service through data gathered by an open-source mapping service OpenStreetMap, it had never scaled this feature to rival those offered by other search engines such as Bing and Google.

According to a press release by DuckDuckGo, the firm believes that obtaining privacy online should not be a complicated task and by that extension the search engine’s stringent privacy policy of not accumulating or sharing any personal user data would be covering the new map integration as well.

In a blog post, the search engine stated that DuckDuckGo is thrilled to be working along with Apple to establish a new trust standard online and hopes that the service users would appreciate & enjoy the new map service update.

Using the mapping data provided by Apple Maps, DuckDuckGo would be becoming one of the biggest Apple Map users till date. The move reportedly comes about six months after Apple announced that it would be opening up its exclusive Apple Map service to the web.

While Google monitors the user’s every move, Apple has long claimed that the company is not interested in that kind of information. Thus, any of the data the company gathers from its users is anonymous.

With this integration the privacy-oriented search engine has finally brought a much-anticipated feature to its search engine all while keeping in line with its user privacy-focused roots.

According to reports, the search engine records over 30 million searches on a daily basis, a number that has increased more than 50% year-over-year.