Brave Search: A New Private Search Engine

Brave Search is a new independent search engine that was launched last year. The search results are based on Brave’s own search index. This index was built from scratch by the company, which is an impressive feat.

However, there are a couple of areas where Brave does rely on Bing. For some queries, Brave will anonymously check Brave’s search results against third-party results, and mix them on the results page. Additionally, an option exists to anonymously include Google results. 

For the sake of transparency, Brave provides a “Results Independence” metric. This anonymous calculation shows the percentage of search results that come from Brave versus these third parties.

Additionally, Brave relies on Bing for most image and video results. However, even when using these external results, the Brave search engine still preserves user privacy, according to the FAQ (frequently asked questions).

Overall, the Brave Search Engine may soon become a good replacement for DuckDuckGo.

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