Dan Goodin reports:
Microsoft says it will offer a privacy setting in the next version of Internet Explorer that will make it easy for users to keep their browsing habits from being tracked by advertising networks and other third-party websites.
The feature, known as Tracking Protection, was unveiled on Tuesday, five days after the Federal Trade Commission, the US government’s top consumer-protection agency, proposed that browsers be equipped with a “do not track” option that prevents websites and advertisers from compiling data about people’s web-browsing habits.
Within hours of the announcement, Tony Bradley reported “IE9 ‘Do Not Track’ Feature Prone to User Error.” Bradley’s main point seems to be that it takes a bit of time and savvy for users to configure the feature.
Over on slight paranoia, Chris Soghoian tosses in a number of zingers at Microsoft and others, but summarizes his thoughts on this latest announcement by saying that it is a “great, pro-privacy and strategically savvy move on Microsoft’s part.”