Brave Search is a completely independent private search engine. Although it is an ad-supported tool, its ads adhere to the principle of privacy-first. Brave Search is the default search engine in the Brave browser.
Brave Search adheres to core principles of privacy. Its don’t track you, your searches, or your clicks. Ever.
It operates from an independent search index. An index is the list of billions of web pages and some basic info about those pages that search engines draw from to deliver search results. Most search engines—even supposedly “neutral” or “private” ones—don’t do this. They’re just façades that rely exclusively on third parties for their results. If Big Tech suddenly ceased to function, those other search operators would go offline. Brave Search, meanwhile, would stay fully operational.
Note that Brave Search is based on an independent index. However, for some queries, Brave can anonymously check search results against third-party results, and mix them on the results page. This mixing is a means to an end toward 100% independence. For full transparency and to measure Brave’s progress toward that goal, Brave provides a “Results independence” metric. This anonymous calculation shows the % of search results that come from Brave versus these third parties. Note that no matter the independence metric, your privacy will always be 100%.