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Former Google and NSA employees team up: Use Search Engines without Being Tracked

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The fallout of “P.R.I.S.M.-gate” has lead to a floodgate of new data transfer apps, document securing and e-mail privacy technology. More interestingly, however, and perhaps more importantly, is the quest to make search engines secure and eliminate prying eyes. As advocated frequently in this magazine, privacy-oriented search engine Duck Duck Go has had a historic surge in traffic over the last 12 months.

Enter Disconnect.

Launched by a Google employee in 2010, Disconnect has built numerous browser apps and extension with the aim to secure data on popular services. Their most recent service, Disconnect Search, is an extension built into Chrome and Firefox that prevents all search queries run through popular services (Bing, Google, etc.) from being tracked by prying eyes. Recent employees include ex-Google and ex-NSA engineers. They have since raised funding twice.

via techcrunch

Will these anti-tracking apps become a mainstay of the next decade? Let us know your thoughts below.

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