Brave announced the acquisition of Tailcat, the open program developed by the team formerly liable for the privacy search and browser products at Cliqz, a holding of Hubert Burda Media.
Tailcat will become the inspiration of Brave Search. Brave Search and therefore the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search, which believe tracking users across sites and have 70 percent and 92 percent market share, respectively.
Under the hood, nearly all of today’s search engines are either built by, or believe , results from Big Tech companies. In contrast, the Tailcat program is made on top of a totally independent index, capable of delivering the standard people expect, but without compromising their privacy. Tailcat doesn’t collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to enhance search results.
Brave Search will join the family of privacy-preserving Brave products as consumers are increasingly demanding user-first alternatives to Big Tech. The Brave browser saw unprecedented growth in 2021, reaching over 25 million monthly active users.
This mirrored the impressive migration to Signal, the privacy messaging platform, after WhatsApp announced a change to their privacy policies requiring data-sharing with Facebook.
Privacy is becoming mainstream. The Brave browser provides the stringent protections users demand, and Brave Search is being developed consistent with an equivalent principles:
(1) Brave Search is private: it does not track or profile users.
(2) Brave Search is user-first: Brave serves the user first, not the advertising and data industries.
(3) Brave Search offers choice: We will provide options for ad-free paid search and ad-supported search. We are working on bringing private ads to search, as we’ve done for Brave user ads.
(4) Brave Search is independent: We will rely on anonymized contributions from the community to improve and refine Brave Search. Prior to this innovation, producing quality results could be achieved only by Big Tech companies, which took many years and tens of billions of dollars to crawl the entire Web continually.
(5) Brave Search is transparent: we will not use secret methods or algorithms to bias results. We will explore multiple community-curated open ranking models to ensure diversity, and prevent algorithmic biases and outright censorship.
(6) Brave Search is seamless: we will offer best-in-class integration between the browser and search without compromising privacy, from personalization to instant results as the user types.
(7) Brave Search is open: we do not believe in walled gardens and, as such, we will offer Brave Search to power other search engines.
With Brave Search, users can choose a default program that works seamlessly with the Brave browser to supply an entire privacy-respecting experience. Brave also will explore blockchain-based options and new developments, including for e-commerce uses.