DuckDuckGo receives record traffic following PRISM scandal

This past week private search engine DuckDuckGo recorded their best week ever for traffic. The website, which does not record user’s clicks, provides a service for those who wish to browse the Internet away from the prying eyes of the government or Google.

In the wake of the recent PRISM scandal, which has sent the Internet into a frenzy over privacy concerns, DuckDuckGo has seen its individual hits soar. The search engine, whose motto reads ‘Search anonymously. Find instantly’, received 2.35 million search queries on Wednesday, up 26% on the previous Wednesday, and 2.5 million search queries on Thursday, a 33% increase over the previous Thursday.

Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 19.34.33 has seen search queries rise significantly over the past week.

Although the website has been around since 2008, and has seen steady growth since its establishment, there is little doubt that DuckDuckGo’s recent success has been brought about as a direct result of fears over PRISM surveillance. Speaking to VentureBeat, DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg echoed this point, stating:

“I believe the surveillance story is paramount right now, and people are talking about it. DuckDuckGo users are telling their friends and family about the private alternatives”

The website’s record traffic figures not only illustrate that people are concerned about the services they use on the Internet, but also indicate people are willing to to search for and use alternatives to established brands should they believe their privacy is at risk.

Have you ever used DuckDuckGo? Are you concerned about your Internet privacy following the PRISM revelations? Please comment below and let us know your thoughts.


  1. Prism isn’t real, Echelon is. We’ve known about it for 13 years and it doesn’t have back doors into websites, it has direct access to ISPs. Using DuckDuckGo is no safer than using any other search engine.

    • PRISM may not be real, it all could be a hoax, but that is not the point of this article. The piece is stating that in the wake of the ‘leak’ by Snowden,’s website traffic increased significantly. This is no doubt due to the fact that people are concerned with Google and others regarding their Internet security.

      As DuckDuckGo do not record any of your clicks, should the government legally request any information from them they will be unable to comply as they keep no data regarding your visit or what you search. Using this search engine may not necessarily guarantee that no one is logging what you are doing online, but at least it shows people are against programs like PRISM and wont stand for invasions of their privacy.

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