Maria Montero

DuckDuckGo switches to Apple Maps for address searches to protect …

The popular Google alternative search engine, DuckDuckGo, has teamed up with Apple Maps to serve address-related searches on your mobile and desktop browser.

As revealed by the search engine in a blog post, the agreement gives search engine users access to continuously updated maps, enhanced satellite images and more, without exposing their data.

“Our strict privacy policy of not collecting or sharing any personal information extends to this integration. We do not send any personally identifiable information, such as IP address to Apple or other third parties. For local searches, where your approximate location information is sent for your browser we discard it immediately after use, “stated the company.

DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop now works with Apple’s MapKit JS framework. Photo: DuckDuckGo

This new feature is based on Apple’s MapKit JS framework, which was created to allow businesses to add interactive maps to web pages.

DuckDuckGo claims to be one of the first global companies to employ this offering that Apple launched at WWDC last summer.

Currently the MapKit JS library is available in beta only, therefore only registered Apple developers can use it to embed maps on the web.

Until now, DuckDuckGo used OpenStreetMap to get results, with a drop-down box that used other map services like Bing, Google, Here Here maps to display the results of user queries.

Apple and DuckDuckGo have taken a strong stance on protecting user privacy, which is why this agreement is not presented as unexpected.

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