The issue of privacy and privacy when we use a search engine is something that concerns many internet users. So, the news that Brave with the browser of the same name announced its own search engine, is something that probably concerns you more than you imagine. According to Amer Owaida, from the international cybersecurity company ESET, here’s why.
What’s new in this search engine?
The Brave Search engine was announced in March when Brave acquired the Tailcat search engine to offer an alternative to the Google search engine. The new Brave Search engine, currently in beta and based on a completely independent search index, promises not to track users, their searches, or their clicks like other search engines do.
Brave Search aspires to become a platform in which the user has priority. Users will not be tracked or their profile checked, and in the future, they will be able to choose whether they want a search experience with or without ads.
Since March, Brave Search has been tested by more than 100,000 registered users to access the beta. The beta version is now available for the Brave web browser versions for PC, iOS and Android.
Although no specific date has been set for the official release of the search engine, the default selection for the Brave browser will be made later in 2021. During the first beta, the search engine will not display ads.
The search engine will be independent as it will rely on its own index for common search queries. It will also allow seamless integration between browsers and the search engine without compromising privacy in the process. In the spirit of transparency, Brave Search has committed to avoiding the use of secret algorithms or biased results.
To this end, in the near future, it hopes to launch open ranking models that will be curated by the community. It seems that the search engine is still evolving, as it is not able to process specific types of queries to get relevant results. In such cases, Brave Search will rely on an API until the search index is large enough.