New open source tool to block web trackers


It’s no secret that sites all over the web track their visitors. Often, it’s shocking how much of that goes on and what a threat to your privacy that is. To help web browser developers better protect their users, the team behind search engine DuckDuckGo is “sharing data it’s collected about online trackers with other companies so they can also protect your privacy.”

That dataset is called Tracker Radar and it “details 5,326 internet domains used by 1,727 companies and organizations that track you online”. Browser Radar is different from other tracker databases in that it “annotates data with other information, like whether blocking a tracker is likely to break a website, so anyone using it can pick the best balance of privacy and convenience.”

Tracker Radar’s dataset is available on GitHub. The repository also links to the code for the crawler and detector that work with the data.