November 9, 2012

Google Chrome's Sham Do Not Track Feature

Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine


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The FTC has requested that browser makers come up with some mechanism that allows Web browser users to prevent their online activities from being stored and profiled by Web entities. The first response to this, coming late in 2009, was Internet Explorer 9's Tracking Protection feature, which lets users subscribe to blacklists from privacy organizations such as TrustE and PrivacyChoice. A month later came Mozilla's Do Not Track proposal. This was simply a small bit of text that the browser would send to the site you visit, telling it to pretty please not track you.

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