An avid user of DuckDuckGo on iOS, Android, and desktop browser, I was disappointed to read the news that DuckDuckGo allowed Microsoft trackers:
DuckDuckGo's mobile web browser allows Microsoft data trackers, despite promising privacy protections.Source: Search Engine Journal
Security audit has revealed that Microsoft trackers are present in DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser. Source: Tom's Guide
DuckDuckGo browser allows Microsoft trackers due to search agreement. Source:Bleeping Computer
With that in mind, I switched my mobile browsing to Firefox Focus with StartPage as my search engine of choice on mobile and desktop (although I use LibreWolf browser with uBlock Origin, Startpage Privacy Protection add-on and Ad Nauseum on Desktop). And, run all that with a Private Internet Access, my favorite VPN.
Are those choices going to guarantee total privacy? Probably not. It's still worth doing because it just isn't anyone's business.
And, I have to agree with this perspective from Privacy Guides:
Don't confuse privacy with secrecy. We know what happens in the bathroom, but you still close the door. That's because you want privacy, not secrecy. Everyone has something to hide, privacy is something that makes you human. Source: PrivacyGuides via a toot on Mastodon.social
I guess it boils down to...do you close the door when you use the restroom? If you do, take a moment to safeguard your privacy and encrypt your communications/files.