DuckDuckGo enables anonymous access to ChatGPT, Claude, Meta AI

DuckDuckGo, the company known for its privacy-focused search engine, revealed DuckDuckGo AI Chat on Thursday, which provides free, optional, and anonymous access to four popular generative AI chatbots. The company announced that with AI Chat, users can now avail of OpenAI's GPT 3.5 Turbo, Anthropic's Claude 3 Haiku, Meta Llama 3, and Mistral's Mixtral 8x7B, with plans to include more chatbot models in the future.

The business mentioned a Pew survey indicating that 81% of individuals believe that the utilization of AI by corporations will result in their personal data being utilized in ways that make them feel uneasy. Additionally, the survey shows that 80% of participants believe that AI's involvement in gathering data will result in unforeseen outcomes.

These worries are not without basis. According to research in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, AI chatbots such as ChatGPT have the potential to jeopardize individuals' medical information, and without protective measures, there will be ongoing risks to data security and privacy.

In order to address issues like this, DuckDuckGo ensures that the AI chats remain anonymous. The company positions itself as an intermediary between the user and the models by stripping out the user's IP address from chats and substituting it with DuckDuckGo's address.

DuckDuckGo's AI Chat privacy policy states that it will not retain any chat data, although the model provider such as OpenAI may do so. However, as the queries will seem to come from DuckDuckGo, that data will not be linked to a specific individual.

DuckDuckGo stated online that although the model providers may temporarily store chats, they cannot link them back to you personally as all metadata is removed.

DuckDuckGo additionally stated that they have a contract with the model suppliers to remove any stored conversations within 30 days of being made. The company stated that this agreement guarantees that "no chats on our platform can be utilized for training or enhancing models."

Although AI Chat is provided at no cost, there is a restriction on how much it can be used each day. The company explained to CNET via email that they are not revealing the limit currently in order to prevent malicious users and misuse. DuckDuckGo mentioned that most users won't exceed the limit, but if they do, they should provide feedback through the Share Feedback button in AI Chat.

DuckDuckGo is also thinking about launching a paid AI Chat version that would increase the daily limit and offer access to more expensive AI models. Many AI tools require payment for access to advanced features due to the increased costs of running powerful AI models.

At the moment, if you're interested in experimenting with AI Chat, you can visit duck.ai or duckduckgo.com/chat. You will be requested to choose the AI model you wish to communicate with and then you're ready to go. You have the option to change models at a later time by clicking on the model name in the chat's left toolbar and choosing a different model. To erase a chat, simply click on the flame icon located on the left side of the text bar.

You have the option to turn off AI Chat anytime by accessing the Search settings menu and selecting the button beside AI Chat.

To learn more about DuckDuckGo, discover information about the privacy-centered search engine and find out why you should consider making the switch to it. You can also explore information about ChatGPT 3.5 and Claude AI.


Q. Why is DuckDuckGo blocked in India?

A. It is been observed that many users in India can still use this application but some users of Airtel and Jio seemed to have some problems using it. It is reportedly said that the DuckDuckGo app has been blocked by Airtel and Jio to protect the safety of Indian cyberspace.

Q. Is DuckDuckGo safe?

A. Yes, DuckDuckGo is safe to use. Known for its commitment to not tracking users, it offers greater user privacy than widely used search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. In fact, we frequently name it as the best search engine for privacy.

Q. Is DuckDuckGo owned by Google?

A. DuckDuckGo has been an independent company since its founding in 2008. It is majority-owned by its founder Gabriel Weinberg and team members.

Q. Is DuckDuckGo better than Google?

A. DuckDuckGo doesn't track your search history, nor do they store your IP address and user information. Unlike Google, the search engine doesn't collect and share your inquires with advertisers, so you won't be targeted based on what you're searching for.

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