DuckDuckGo respects user privacy? === EDIT === Whoa! Sorry -- mea culpa! The favicons are in fact served from host I2.duck.co, NOT from each remote site. Elapsed, thanks for setting me straight. ================ The DuckDuckGo domain wound up in my proxied blocklist quite a while ago, but after seeing it mentioned (touted as a "partner", and hyped) in a recent Mint Linux blog post, I decided to unblock it and have a fresh look. DuckDuckGo purports: "There is no search history, personal profile or any other information about you gathered, stored, sold, used or leaked." reality check: Perform any search at the DuckDuckGo site and note the http request headers issued by your browser. You will discover that their search results page, by design, LEAKS (telegraphs) your activity ! For each site it lists in the search results, DuckPoo embeds a link to each site's "favicon" image, causing your browser to connect with each of the listed sites in order to retrieve the remotely-hosted favicon asset. The mechanism is GREAT for DuckPoo; regardless whether you clickthrough, webmasters see the hits, along with the DuckDuckGo brand reflected in referer logs. Did you read the DuckDuckGo "example" (presented on the bubble.us page) ? about Susie... searching for Herpes Well, without even clicking through to visit any of the DuckDuckGo -listed sites, you get the "privilege" of telegraphing your herpes outbreak to the raft of sites listed in your search results. Egad! "hi, please send your favicon. Oh, and by the way, i was referred to you by DuckPoo. What? Yah, the person at this IP address is using that search engine to search for \'Herpes\' and stuff." sad footnote: I posted a comment similar to the above, to the Mint Linux blog article... and it wound up moderated (deleted). I've reposted, removing the arguably "offensive" DuckPoo moniker. Hopefully the revised version won't be similarly squelched.