DuckDuckGo, the privacy search engine that allows users to search without fear of queries being tracked, reached a major milestone last year — surpassing an accumulative 10 billion searches since the site’s inception.
The search engine says four billion of those searches happened in 2016. Already this year, DuckDuckGo says it had its biggest day ever when it served up 14 million searches on January 10.
“People are actively seeking out ways to reduce their digital footprint online,” says DuckDuckGo’s release, noting that a Pew Research study reported 40 percent of people believe search engines shouldn’t retain information about a user’s online activity.
As part of the announcement, DuckDuckGo named nine organizations it supported in 2016, with donations totaling $225,000, including Freedom of the Press Foundation, OpenBSD Foundation, Tor Project, Fight for the Future and Riseup Labs.
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