DuckDuckGo accuses Google of ‘spying on users’

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Privacy-focussed web browser DuckDuckGo has accused Google of “spying on users” after the tech giant published details of the personal data it acquires from the public.

The accusation comes after Google added App Privacy labels to its iOS Chrome and Google apps, making clear the data it picks up from users in accordance with Apple’s App Store rules.

Google was slower than other firms in its release of the privacy labels, leading to speculation that it was reluctant to publicly reveal the extent of its data-collecting practices.

“After months of stalling, Google finally revealed how much personal data they collect in Chrome and the Google app. No wonder they wanted to hide it,” stated a post from DuckDuckGo’s official Twitter account.

“Spying on users has nothing to do with building a great web browser or search engine. We would know (our app is both in one).”

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