A large network-focused browser, Brave is slowly approaching building a private search engine.
Brave announced on Wednesday that the company has acquired Tailcat, an open source search engine developed by a group that has previously researched privacy and browser products on Cliqz. Under the controlling interest of Hubert Burda Media, Cliqz stopped developing browsers and search technologies in May 2020.
According to the announcement, Tailcat will serve as the basis for the upcoming Brave Search, a built-in search engine designed to provide private and transparent browsing.
Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich told Cointelegraph that the company expects to introduce Brave Search by the summer of 2021. “Brave is now integrating this technology and making it available to everyone as Brave Search, first through early access for testers and then this summer,” said Ish. .
Brave Browser is currently dependent on major external search engines, giving users a choice between popular search engines like DuckDuckGo and Startpage while respecting privacy, as well as important tools like Google Search. According to Brave, “Almost all modern search engines are either built on or rely on the results of large technology companies.”
On the other hand, Tailcat is built on a completely independent index and does not collect IP addresses or personal data to improve search results. Ish said Tailcat developers have been working on privacy research “for the last seven years while in Cliqz, and then on Project Tailcat after Cliqz was shut down.”
The new announcement came shortly after Brave took a big step in adopting its browser, doubling its active user base from 11 million monthly users to over 26 million. In late February, Brave launched its BAT 2.0 roadmap, announcing plans to explore the use of Basic Attention Token (BAT) search engines. As part of the plan, the company also works with complex functions in DEX and NFT.