According to a study published in Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies in 2018, 70% of the emails we receive contain trackers. Companies usually store these data collection devices in images or icons. The only effective way to prevent it is to turn off inline images in the email settings.
On Tuesday, privacy-focused search engine DuckDuck Go announced a new service that protects users' privacy by removing email from trackers. Email protection provides users with a "personal duck address" that eliminates instances of hidden data collection, such as tracking pixels in photos, and then forwards them to your regular inbox, including Yahoo, Gmail, and more. p>
DuckDuckGo Email Protection is an automated process that does not read or save your emails. It uprooted the annoying trackers, deleted it, sent the email to your regular address, and then deleted the email from its server forever. It also informs you of the type and number of trackers deleted from each email. p>
Additionally, while using the DuckDuckGo app or extension, users can identify their email addresses anonymously by generating a random private duck address for use on sites and services that You may want to send spam or share email data with third parties. The required anonymous accounts forward messages to your main inbox, like a regular duck address. But these are disposable accounts. If spam is not controlled, users can disable it at any time.
Email security is currently in beta while DuckDuckGo fixes issues. Accounts are free, but there is a waiting list for membership. To request the address, open Settings in the DuckDuckGo iOS or Android app (or DDG browser extension) and select Beta->Email Protection, then tap Join Private Queue. This app creates a timestamp that only exists on your device. When it's your turn, DuckDuckGo will contact you with instructions on how to claim your email address.
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DuckDuckGo has launched the beta version of 'Email Protection', which removes trackers from emails