DuckDuckGo’s new data protection for Android could stop the trackers cold

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DuckDuckGo is expanding its App Tracking Protection tool by making it available to all Android users as part of a new update.

The feature originally launched in late 2021 as a limited beta on DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser and its core function remains the same. 

When activated, App Tracking Protection (opens in new tab) can detect when a smartphone app is about to send data to a third-party tracker and blocks those requests – at least most of them. It even works in the background in case a tracker wants to sneakily collect data while you sleep.