Do Not Track: Default=Off

Posted by Sam Churchill on

The latest proposed draft of the Do Not Track specification published Wednesday (pdf) requires that users must choose to turn on the anti-behavioral tracking feature in their browsers and software.

The Do Not Track feature in a browser is supposed to send a signal to third-party Web sites, telling them not to track your Internet activity. Most browsers include this as an option that the user can turn on or off. Microsoft announced last week will have Do Not Track turned on by default in Microsoft IE 10. But that means it won’t be compliant with the official spec.

Which means that tech and ad companies who say they comply with Do Not Track could simply ignore the flag set by IE 10 and track those who use that browser, says Wired. Which means Microsoft has no choice but to change the setting.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 7:00 am .

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