DuckDuckGo, an Internet search engine, announced that its DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop now support Apple’s MapKit JS framework for its map and address-related searches. With the Apple MapKit JS, users can carry out improved searches, additional visual features, and enhanced satellite imagery. They can also have updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.
We're excited to announce that maps on DuckDuckGo are now powered by Apple Maps. We are proud to be among the first global companies using MapKit JS framework, and you, dear users, get improved map results, and all still private, of course. 🙂https://t.co/Y0GVShhHVF
— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) January 15, 2019
Apple Maps are now embedded in both DuckDuckGo’s private search results for relevant queries and are also available from the ‘Maps’ tab on any search results page.
The company promises to not share any personally identifiable information such as IP address to Apple or other third parties. For local searches, where the browser tends to send user’s approximate location information, the information will be discarded by DuckDuckGo immediately after use.
According to ZDNet, “DuckDuckGo did not discuss how working with Apple, which the search engine said will result in “a new standard of trust online”, was better or worse from a privacy perspective than using data from the OpenStreetMap project as it did previously.”
To know more about this in detail, visit DuckDuckGo’s official blog post.