DuckDuckGo develops a new email privacy feature that filters out hidden trackers in your emails - helping companies design your profile more easily and target you with ads.
Users of the service receive a free email address "@ duck.com" which clears trackers' messages and forwards them to your regular inbox.
"Tracker-free emails ”from Duck.com
Currently in private beta, DuckDuckGo email protection service aims to protect you from hidden trackers that are often embedded in emails from various companies.
Trackers can notify email senders when you open their messages and help ad companies create a profile for you based on what you collect metadata, such as the device you used to read the email when you opened the message and your general location. This type of information can also end up in the hands of third parties.
Email Protection works by using the "@ duck.com" address, which filters hidden trackers in your messages and then sends them to your regular inbox.
The service also provides available "disposable inboxes" for use on sites that could share them advertisers. Another advantage of this is that you can protect your real address from data breaches.
In addition, when the level of spam messages increases to unacceptable levels, there is the possibility of deactivating the email address and using another one.
Privacy, almost nothing is stored
In a blog today, DuckDuckGo says it "will not save your emails for this service".
Upon receipt of an email, the service removes the hidden trackers and sends it to the address provided by the user without saving the accompanying headers, such as those indicating the senders and recipients.
The final email address is the only piece of personal information that DuckDuckGo stores for obvious reasons. However, if a user wants to delete their account, the address will also be removed from the systems within 30 days of deleting the account.
Email Protection is currently in beta privately, as issues are still being resolved. There is a waiting list for joining the service, but new applications are accepted daily.
Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com