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DuckDuckGo Integrates Apple Maps for Map and Address Searches

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo today announced that it is using Apple's MapKit JS framework to power the map and address-related searches that its users conduct on both mobile and desktop.

MapKit JS allows DuckDuckGo to provide users with improved address searches, new visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps without sacrificing privacy.


DuckDuckGo says that Apple Maps will be available embedded within private search results for relevant queries and from the Maps tab on any of the search result pages.

To bring up a map option, users can search for an address, a geographical place, a local business, a type of business, or places nearby.

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share any personal information from DuckDuckGo users, a policy that extends to the Apple Maps integration. Identifiable info like IP address is not provided to Apple, and for searches where approximate location is gathered by the browser, it is discarded immediately after it's used.



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26 weeks ago
DuckDuckGo, while not perfect, is the only search engine I’ve been using for the last 2 years. Their privacy policy isn’t perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better than many others.
Rating: 55 Votes
26 weeks ago
I love DuckDuckGo, and this partnership makes perfect sense. Both DDG and Apple are nailing the privacy stuff at the moment.
Rating: 34 Votes
26 weeks ago
FAN-*****-TASTIC! So glad I left that garbage called Google and went with DDG!
Rating: 34 Votes
26 weeks ago
Glad my preferred search engine is continuing to improve. Keep it going DDG.
Rating: 30 Votes
26 weeks ago
DDG just keeps getting better.
Rating: 29 Votes
26 weeks ago
It's a clever move. Helps with PR on Apple being privacy-focused, and also helps improve Maps data, and DDG gets a mapping partner they probably have influence with, and possibly don't have to pay. Win-win.
Rating: 18 Votes
26 weeks ago
Fantastic!! One less reason to use Google.

Apple needs to be [S]doing[/S] supporting & encouraging more of this.
Rating: 12 Votes
26 weeks ago
Yep big plus here for Duck, Duck Go. The search results are sometimes not as complete as Google, but they also don't have as much paid spam, fake news, and political correctness in their results.
Rating: 10 Votes
26 weeks ago

Fantastic!! One less reason to use Google.

Apple needs to be doing more of this

Apple didn't do anything in this case. Their MapKit framework has been available to anyone for years but no one has taken them up other offer AFAIK. DDG should be given the credit here for choosing a company that aligns with their privacy policies.

Now if Apple would just dump Google as default search and go with DDG, I would really be impressed because they would be leaving billions on the table and actually putting their customers before profits.
Rating: 10 Votes
26 weeks ago
I have used DDG for a few years now. I have never missed google search. Great news they are expanding and using Apple maps.
Rating: 8 Votes

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