A large privacy-focused browser, Brave offers a private search engine.
Brave announced on Wednesday that the company has acquired Tailcat, an open source search engine developed by a group that previously worked with privacy research and browser products on Cliqz. Cliqz is operating during the main business of Hubert Burda Media and discontinued developing browsers and search technologies in May 2020.
According to the announcement, Tailcat will serve as the basis for the upcoming Brave Search, an embedded search engine designed to provide private, transparent web browsing.
Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich told Cointelegraph that the company plans to introduce the Brave Search by the summer of 2021. “Brave is now integrating this technology and making it available to everyone like Brave Search, first through early access for testers and then for general availability. This summer,” he said. Ish said.
Brave Browser currently relies on major external search engines, giving users a choice between popular search engines like DuckDuckGo and privacy-conscious Startpage, as well as general tools like Google Search. According to Brave, “Almost all modern search engines are built or rely on results from large tech companies.”
On the one hand, Tailcat is built around a completely independent index and does not collect IP addresses or personal data to improve search results. Esch stated that Tailcat developers have worked on researching privacy “for the past seven years while at Cliqz, and then on Project Tailcat after Cliqz was shut down.”
The new announcement came shortly after Brave scored a milestone in browser adoption, doubling its active user base from 11 million monthly users to over 26 million. In late February, Brave released a BAT 2.0 roadmap, announcing the company’s plans to explore the benefit of Basic Attention Token (BAT) search engines. As part of the roadmap, the company is also working on bundling DEX and NFT functions.