You don’t want your “private” search engine to have a paid relationship with an upstream non-private search engine for the same reason you don’t want your browser to have a paid relationship with your search engine: Because, sooner or later, that paid relationship will result in tracking.
This is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. The only attribution that advertisers need is to track the number of hits their server sees on the URLs in their ads. If they see a lot of hits, then the ad campaign is working. I can’t imagine any world where it would be a good idea for advertisers to get any more information than that.
With the publication of the Privacy Browser PC Git repository, the URLs for Privacy Browser Android have been updated to reflect the difference between the two.
The codebase for Privacy Browser PC has been posted online. Currently it doesn’t do much, but I would expect development to progress quickly.
Among other things, it increases the attack surface of the browser, making bugs in other things (like Safari’s buggy IndexedDB implementation) exploitable.
And the core reason why the browser market is ripe for disruption is because all the major browsers currently make their money by monetizing the search engine. Which means that they don’t make decisions in the best interests of users.
The browser market is ripe for disruption.
The 2021 Security and Privacy Canary has been published.
This is why I don’t bundle a PDF library with Privacy Browser.
I have decided to discontinue the free (ad supported) flavor of Privacy Browser. Going forward, I will only distribute the the standard flavor (the flavor that has always been available of F-Droid).
As more people become aware of the dangers of Stingrays (IMSI catchers) interest in things like Privacy Cell will grow.
I am the principal developer of Privacy Browser, a web browser that respects your privacy.
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