Privacy-oriented web browser Brave is developing its own privacy-oriented search engine. The search engine called Brave Search will soon be available to users.
Brave, which offers privacy-focused tools such as native ad blocking, deep cookie checks, and script blocking, claiming to be at least 3 times faster than the Chrome browser, will launch a privacy-focused search engine called Brave Search.
Brave announced in a blog post that it has acquired the open source search engine Tailcat and will integrate the search engine into its privacy-focused web browser.
Privacy-focused search engine: Brave Search
The Brave browser is seen as an important alternative option, especially for users with privacy concerns. The company said it increased from 11 million monthly active users to over 25 million last year, and they expect to see even more growth in 2021.
In a blog post about the Brave acquisition: “The Tailcat search engine is built on a completely independent directory that can deliver the quality people expect, but without compromising privacy. Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to improve search results.” gave his statements.
Brave Search will provide users with ad-free paid searches as well as free search options with ads. The ads will be part of Brave Ads, Brave’s privacy-protecting ad platform.
Brave Search will be able to run on both Brave Browser and other browsers such as Chrome and Safari through a web interface. The company also plans to add open APIs for non-commercial projects such as open source operating system distributions. Brave Browser users will be able to continue using other search engines if they choose.
There is no exact information about when the new search engine Brave Search will be available to users, but it is expected to be released in the first half of this year.