June 08, 2012, 10:17 AM —
Last week, Microsoft promised IE 10 would turn on Do Not Track by default. This week, the official spec says just the opposite.
Microsoft's statement about engaging Do Not Track by default was seen as a slap at Google (Wired) but also upset online advertising companies. Many consumers and privacy advocates did cheer the decision, however. But the release of the proposed draft specification clearly states DNT must not be engaged by default.
If Microsoft does decide to ship IE 10 with DNT turned on by default, companies can ignore that setting and track to their heart's content, because Microsoft didn't follow the specifications. Now the focus is on the Digital Advertising Alliance, credited with forcing the changes in the draft specification after Microsoft made their announcement.
We lose again
Hmm, I smell a touch of politics.
Ixion on arstechnica.com
Interests of consumers ? They went years ago in the interests of shareholders.
forkieboy on windowsitpro.com
Microsoft were right, defaulting to on, was representative of how the common user expects their privacy to be treated. The more experienced would know that's a delusional viewpoint, but it is probably the right one.
Chris Beach on wired.com
Quote: Well, that didn’t take long. No, it didn't.
undervillain on arstechnica.com
rick_pri on arstechnica.com
I say have your browser ask the first time it is run after the feature is added if you want to be tracked.
Bernd on arstechnica.com
Microsoft can comply with the standards by doing a first run configuration that asks them if they want to opt-in to Do Not Track.
the_tech_mule on windowsitpro.com
Raise your hand if you thought the new Do Not Track specification would substantially improve online privacy. Really? Both of you?