Feb 252011
 February 25, 2011  Posted by  Online

Julia Angwin and Geoffrey A. Fowler report:

Technology giants Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. moved to beef up and clarify their efforts around the thorny issue of online privacy—the latest steps by the Internet firms to call for stronger consumer protections.

On Thursday, Microsoft endorsed the concept of adding a do-not-track tool to its Web browsing software, signaling a shift in support for a system that could let people avoid having their movements monitored online. Microsoft slipped its mention of the tool—specifically, adding a reference to a do-not-track feature in its Internet Explorer browser—into a technical paper it submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

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