Do People Care About Privacy?
I got a lot of feedback on my post yesterday and a bunch of it was around the issue of privacy and whether we really care to keep our personal data private.
I think we are increasingly aware of our data and the need to have more control over it and how it is used.
When people ask me about this, I like to show them this chart:
That is the daily search traffic on our portfolio company DuckDuckGo’s private search engine.
The 65mm searches a day on DuckDuckGo is about 1% of Google’s estimated 7bn searches a day.
But it is also the case that search activity on DuckDuckGo is growing faster than Google’s search activity. If that continues to be the case, then that 1% can grow to something much more than that over the next decade.
People do care about privacy, but the sacrifices we make for privacy must come at a low enough cost that we will make them. As DuckDuckGo has improved its product, more people have used it. The combination of increasing awareness of the issue of data privacy combined with better user experiences for privacy-focused competitors will drive us all to an online experience where privacy has a lot more value to everyone.