A Private Search Engine's Prism Boost Isn't Quite Its Breakout Moment

Gabriel Weinberg is creator of duckduckgo.com, a search engine that does not track users’ history and information Photograph by Sean Simmers/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The exposure of the U.S. government’s Prism spying program has been a boon for DuckDuckGo, which VentureBeat describes as “the foremost search engine for those concerned about not just snooping by the government but Google as well.” The service, launched in 2008, is seeing record traffic. It fielded 2.54 million searches on Thursday, up 33 percent from a week earlier, when the Prism story broke.

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