Referrer Policy

Starting on Jul 15, 2022 Brave Search is updating its referrer policy 1 from noreferrer to strict-origin-when-cross-origin. This is a standard practice among search engines and provides a way for pages to know where traffic is coming from, which is essential to evaluate regulatory efforts, for instance, to appear in Google’s Android choice screen2.

This change has no practical implication on privacy, for cross-origin requests only the origin is sent, which will be https://search.brave.com.

Duckduckgo published a good piece motivating the use of strict-origin-when-cross-origin in this article.


  1. Referrer Policy, MDN docs 

  2. Android Choice Screen