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Internet Explorer 10 To Have Do Not Track by Default
Internet Explorer 10 To Have Do Not Track by Default

By Mark Long
June 1, 2012 9:37AM

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Microsoft's new Do Not Track privacy strategy for Internet Explorer 10 is a shot across Google's bow given that the search engine giant recorded $36.5 billion in online advertising revenue during 2011. "With this move they have an opportunity to build up the trust in their brand and differentiate it from Android and Google," said analyst Al Hilwa.

Microsoft said Thursday that its coming Internet Explorer 10 browser will integrate Do Not Track functionality switched on by default. Though consumers will be able to change the setting, the default will be to tell Web sites that users do not want identifying information about them saved.

The software giant's surprise privacy policy change is due in part to a request by the Federal Trade Commission for the technology and advertising industries to create a more uniform and comprehensive consumer choice mechanism for behavioral targeting of online advertising, said Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch.

"We believe that consumers should have more control over how information about their online behavior is tracked, shared and used," Lynch wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., praised Microsoft's move as an important first step toward greater privacy protection for consumers.

"It is my hope that Microsoft and other companies will go further in the future, so that Do Not Track also means Do Not Collect -- giving consumers the ability to say no to both targeted advertising and collection of their personal data," Markey said Friday.

An Aggressive Privacy Move

According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer 8 holds a 26.92 percent share of the global browser market, while IE9 has a 17 percent share. Given that IE8 launched in March of 2009 and IE9 followed in March of 2011, it will take a while for IE 10 to reach comparable market share levels.

Still, the decision to ship IE 10 with Do Not Track as the default setting will begin to have an effect on Web advertisers, content producers and free software app developers when Windows 8 launches later this year, including IE 10.

"From the refinements in this release it is pretty clear that Windows 8 will make its deadlines as a solid product," said Al Hilwa, director of applications software development at IDC.

We also asked Hilwa for his reaction to Microsoft's DNT privacy implementation for IE 10.

"No doubt this was a tough discussion internally with the advertising franchise, but I think Microsoft made the right choice," Hilwa said Friday.

Microsoft's new DNT strategy for IE 10 is clearly a shot across Google's bow given that the search engine giant recorded a total of $36.5 billion in online advertising revenue during 2011.

"With this move they have an opportunity to build up the trust in their brand and differentiate it from Android and Google," Hilwa said. (continued...)

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I use web browser at work every day so I hope it can protect my privacy!
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