For example, when you do a search on Ecosia we forward the following information to our partner, Bing: IP address (obfuscated), user agent string, search term, and some settings like your country and language setting.
Additionally, by default Ecosia sets a Bing-specific “Client ID” parameter to improve the quality of your search results. If your browser has “Do Not Track” enabled, we disable the “Client ID” automatically. You can also choose to disable this feature by modifying your user settings.
UMatrix also detected Ecosia connecting directly to Bing’s image servers whenever a search contains images. Though I feel that if I use Do Not Track, a VPN, and ensure my user agent string is sufficiently generic, Bing shouldn’t get any more data out of me than DuckDuckGo (my current search engine) would?
What do you think of Ecosia? Does the tree planting outweigh the privacy issues? Would you use it over something like DuckDuckGo?
Privacy has become a very important issue in modern society, with companies and governments constantly abusing their power, more and more people are waking up to the importance of digital privacy.
In this community everyone is welcome to post links and discuss topics related to privacy.
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