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New DuckDuckGo AI Chat feature finally makes ChatGPT private

Published Jun 6th, 2024 8:00AM EDT
DuckDuckGo AI Chat
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Today, DuckDuckGo unveils its AI Chat, an anonymous way to access popular AI chatbots, such as Open AI’s GPT 3.5 Turbo, Anthropic’s Claude 3 Haiku, and two open-source models (Meta Llama 3 and Mistral’s Mixtral 8x7B).

According to a press release, DuckDuckGo AI can be used for free within a daily limit and easily switched off. The privacy-first company says this allows users to have private chats while no AI training is performed during the conversations.

The company says it created DuckDuckGo AI to continue its mission that protecting people’s privacy online can be easy. “We believe people should be able to use the Internet and other digital tools without feeling like they need to sacrifice their privacy in the process. So, we meet people where they are, developing products that add a layer of privacy to the everyday things they do online. That’s been our approach across the board,” says Nirzar Pangarkar, DuckDuckGo’s lead designer.

How to enjoy DuckDuck Go AI Chat?

To access DuckDuckGo AI Chat, you can access or Once you open these pages, you can pick your chat model and start using it just like any other chat interface. The company explains that just like searches on DuckDuckGo, “all chats are completely anonymous: they cannot be traced back to any one individual.”

DuckDuckGo also removes your IP address by using its own, making the platform think the requests are coming from the company, not from you. Using the Fire Button, you can clear the chat and start over.

The company says it doesn’t save or store chats. However, the underlying model’s providers may temporarily store chats, but this doesn’t create ties back to you since all metadata is removed.

DuckDuckGo AI Chat is free within a daily limit, but the company plans to keep the current level of access free and explore a paid plan for access to higher limits and more advanced chat models.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.