Google’s new Chrome browser update lets you opt for a more private default search engine

Google has silently added support for DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, to its Chrome browser in Chrome 73.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine popularly used by privacy enthusiasts. It doesn’t track its users as Google or Bing do, and so, is a favourite in those circles.

DuckDuckGo is now supported in the following countries:

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Bolivia, Brazil, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Moldova, Macedonia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Paraguay, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Switzerland, U.K., Uruguay, U.S. and Venezuela.

TechCrunch notes that Google may have added it as a response to antitrust activity in Europe.

“We’re glad that Google has recognized the importance of offering consumers a private search option,” DuckDuckGo founder Gabe Weinberg said told TechCrunch in response to the news.