Privacy-focused internet search engine DuckDuckGo has today announced that its map and address-related searches for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple Maps offering users additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps.
DuckDuckGo, which has become one of the first companies to use Apple’s MapKit JS framework, says the integration will offer users “a valuable combination of mapping and privacy”.
According to the company, it does not send any personally identifiable information such as IP address to Apple or other third parties and even discards any location information it receives from users’ browsers for local searches immediately.
You are still anonymous when you perform map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo. We’re excited to work closely with Apple to set a new standard of trust online, and we hope you’ll enjoy this update.”
Apple Maps are now available both embedded within DuckDuckGo’s private search results for relevant queries, as well as from the “Maps” tab on any search result page. You can give it a try by searching for an address here.