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Author Topic: Microsoft keeps DNT as default in IE10  (Read 780 times)

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Microsoft keeps DNT as default in IE10
« on: August 08, 2012, 01:23:02 PM »
Ok, so it's not exactly altruistic, but Microsoft sticks to its guns, keeps Do Not Track on by default in IE10.  Of course, its up to the advertisers to abide by the DNT headers, but it's still a step in the right direction.

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Re: Microsoft keeps DNT as default in IE10
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 01:46:05 PM »
Try this sentence:

"The fundamental problem faced by Do Not Track (or any other similar privacy mechanism) is that sending a header doesn't do anything in and of itself. Advertisers need to both look for the header and honor it if it shows that the user does not want to be tracked. This is problematic, because it's not actually in advertisers' interest to not track users."

See elsewhere, my Combo Bells are ringing. If some awesome judge backed by an elite defensive sniper team who cannot be bought rules that user generated copyrighted content has to occur *first*(the user click is earlier than any remote site compilation), then, when viewed in a Copyright context such that any user can sue any advertiser, (class, etc, I know), THEN the 3rd tier ad companies will give a damn.

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« Last Edit: August 08, 2012, 01:51:08 PM by TaoPhoenix »

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Re: Microsoft keeps DNT as default in IE10
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2012, 12:17:20 PM »
It is not the smartest move from Microsoft. Since nothing forces the advertisers (and other entities that track users online) to actually honor the DNT header, my guess is that the advertisers will simply ignore the header sent by IE10. That will make IE10 the browser, where users will be in effect unable to opt out of tracking...

The whole DNT header is a stupid idea anyway, because it causes a conflict of interest. (Mildly) unethical advertisers will have an advantage and that is not a good thing.