Privacy-focused browser Brave is getting closer to offering private search engines.
Brave announced on Wednesday that the company has acquired Tailcat, an open search engine developed by a group that previously worked on private search and browser products at Cliqz. Operating under Hubert Burda Media, Cliqz stopped working on browser and search technology in May 2020.
According to the announcement, Tailcat will serve as the foundation of Brave Search, the soon to be launched embedded search engine designed for private and transparent internet search.
Brave Co-Founder and CEO Brendan Eich told Cointelegraph that the company plans to launch Brave Search by summer. “Brave is working to integrate this technology through early access for testers first, and public access by summer, and make it available to everyone.”
The Brave browser, currently based on external search engines, offers users the choice between privacy-focused mainstream search engines such as DuckDuckGo and Startpage or Google Search. Brave said that almost all search engines today are developed by or based on Big Tech companies.
Tailcat, on the other hand, is built on a completely independent index and does not collect IP addresses or personal data to improve search results.
Brave’s active user base also increased from 11 million per month to over 26 million in 2020.