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Brave competes with Google via a privacy-focused search engine

 


Brave, a privacy-focused browser co-founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, is preparing to launch a brand search engine for computers and mobile devices.

This comes just a few months after the introduction of what might probably be called the first newsreader to maintain privacy.

Brave Search, announced by the company on Wednesday, is poised to become the alternative to keeping Google search private.

The acquisition of the open-source search engine developed by the team behind the anti-tracking Cliqz search browser group was announced today.

This technology enhances the next Brave Search engine, which means it will soon draw millions of users into a search and browsing experience completely free of big technology.

"Almost all search engines are created today based on results from major technology companies," Brave wrote in a press release announcing the acquisition.

He added: "Tailcat was built taking into account a completely independent index that is able to deliver the quality that people expect but without compromising privacy, as Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or uses personally identifiable information to improve search results.

Cliqz' former team, who worked on Tailcat, moves to Brave as part of the acquisition, and is led by the engineering team of Josep M Pujol, who said he is excited to work on a search alternative and the only real browser that focuses on privacy.

"Tailcat is a completely independent search engine with its own zero-based search index, and Tailcat, like Brave Search, offers the same privacy guarantees as Brave.

Brave gives its users more than a dozen different search engines to choose from as default options, including privacy options, such as DuckDuckGo and Qwant, whose motto is "A search engine that respects your privacy."

The company says it gives its users two options: a paid search option without ads, or a free option supported by the same network of ads displayed within the browser that keeps consumer data out of the eyes of advertisers.

Unlike the somewhat vague and opaque metrics used by Google to identify locations that are classified within its search engine, brave's team has put forward a proposal for how the search engine might classify results in a freely browsable format.

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