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[liberationtech] DuckDuckGo and PRISM
liberationtech at njw.me.uk
Tue Apr 29 13:22:04 PDT 2014
Quoth carlo von lynX:
> At least DDG doesn't correlate search strings to Google identification cookies,
> so that is something better than nothing, but still..
I think that's actually a very significant usability improvement.
Sure you can tell people "don't allow cookies for google, unless you
use any of their services, in which case don't search when you're
logged in, and flush all your cookies when you log out". But telling
them "search with ddg.gg" is rather easier, and there's actually a
chance they'll do it.
You're correct that large governmental agencies can still do
correlation etc themselves. But I'd still prefer have as few people
as possible doing that, rather than volunteer such information over
to companies as well. And it turns a "give us your account
information" legal query into a "let us wiretap everything through
you / backdoor you" legal query. Both of which seem to be A-OK at
the moment, but I can imagine the present regimes ruling the latter
illegal sometime soon.
Ultimately, I agree with others, search is the sort of thing where a
P2P, or open and distributed, system is sorely needed. Another
reason is the control and understanding of the algorithms that tell
you what's relevant to you, but that's another discussion.
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