Brave, the privacy-focused browser co-founded by former Mozilla Foundation CEO (Brendan Eich), is preparing to launch a branded search engine for computers and mobile devices.
And it comes just a few months after the launch of what might be called the first privacy news reader.
The acquisition of the open source search engine developed by the team behind the anti-tracking search browser group Cliqz was announced today.
The technology is augmenting the upcoming Brave Search, which means that it will soon direct millions of users into a search and browse experience completely devoid of big tech.
“Almost all search engines today are built with results from major tech companies,” Brave wrote in a press release announcing the acquisition.
In contrast, Tailcat’s search engine is built with fully independent indexing in mind that is able to deliver the quality people expect but without compromising privacy, as Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to improve search results.
The former Cliqz team, who was working on Tailcat, is moving to Brave as part of the acquisition, led by engineering team Dr. Josep M Pujol, who said he is excited to work on the search alternative and the only true privacy-focused browser.
Ish said: Tailcat is a completely independent search engine with its own search index built from scratch, and Tailcat, like Brave Search, offers the same privacy guarantees that Brave does.
Brave Browser gives its users more than a dozen different search engines to choose from as default options, including privacy options such as: DuckDuckGo and Qwant, whose motto is “A search engine that respects your privacy.”
The company says: It gives its users two options: a paid search option without ads, or a free option supported by the same ad network displayed within the browser that maintains Consumer data out of the eyes of advertisers.
And unlike the vague and somewhat opaque metrics that Google uses to determine which sites rank within its search engine, the team at Brave has put forth a suggestion for how the search engine might classify results in a freely browsable format.