How to tell if websites honor “Do Not Track” requests?


I know that Yahoo just announced that it will ignore the Do Not Track (“DNT”) requests of visitors to its sites, but how can you tell if other websites are ignoring it?

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The Electronic Freedom Foundation (or EFF) has a browser plug-in called Privacy Badger that will do what you want. There was an article about it on Friday on ITworld, and here is the LINK to the browser plug-in


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"Microsoft ruffled feathers in the online privacy community this week by announcing that Internet Explorer 10 would enable Do Not Track technology by default. Many have lauded the move as an instance of Microsoft putting consumers’ interests above those of behavioral advertisers — which, ironically, includes itself. However, Microsoft’s stance may run afoul of the W3C committee that’s actually drafting the Do Not Track standard. Right now, they’re saying browser makers must only send a Do Not Track signal with a user’s explicit consent.

What is Do Not Track and how can it protect your privacy? And is Microsoft’s stance about protecting consumers…or whittling away at Google’s dominant position in the online advertising world?"

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I’d like to add one thing about Privacy Badger. It doesn’t just tell you who is ignoring your requests to DNT, if it determines someone is, it will prevent your browser from loading that ad content. And, since the additional add content stops being loaded, the folks ignoring your DNT request don’t get to track you anyway. Thanks, EFF, and take that Yahoo!

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