All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Do Not Track’

In A Surprise Move, Congress Claims To Care About Your Privacy

Congress has proven time and time again that they don’t care whatsoever about your privacy. These are the same guys that tried to shove CIPSA and CSA through the system without any kind of debate. They claim to have good intentions, but their basic understanding of the Internet is flawed, and at times dangerous. That’s why it’s such a surprise …

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Online Advertisers Are Just Going To Ignore Microsoft’s ‘Do Not Track’ Signal

Microsoft became one of the good guys earlier this year when they said that Internet Explorer 10 would have the “Do Not Track” option set to on by default. In a perfect world, it would tell online advertisers that a user doesn’t want their browsing activity monitored for advertising purposes. It probably won’t work, but it’s the thought that counts. …

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Democratic Party Platform Touches on Internet Freedom

On the eve of the kickoff of their 2012 National Convention, the Democrats released their official party platform. And just like the Republicans did in their official platform, they’ve included a small segment concerning “Internet Freedom.” It looks like the three main tenets of the Democrats’ internet strategy concern unfettered information flow, IP protection, and privacy. Here’s what they have …

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Microsoft Cares About Your Privacy In Windows 8

Slowly but surely, Microsoft is becoming one of the good guys in the consumer space. Internet Explorer 10 will be the first browser to have Do Not Track turned on by default. That’s about as good as it gets. In case you need a little help setting it all up, Microsoft has offered a helping hand. Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy …

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Does Anyone Actually Agree on What Do Not Track Means?

If you’ve been following issues regarding online privacy for the past year or so, you most likely have read or heard people talking about Do Not Track, the proposed utility that permits internet users to indicate to third-party data collectors that they do not wish to have their information tracked. In brief, the problem with third-party data collectors is that …

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Mozilla Testifies at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Do Not Track

Last Thursday, Mozilla testified at a United States Senate Commerce Committee hearing on do not track . The purpose of the hearing was to determine if voluntary efforts by those in the industry are enough to safeguard user privacy or if legislation is necessary. Representatives from a number of different groups presented a contrast of various opinions and attitudes on …

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Internet Explorer 10 First Browser With ‘Do Not Track’ by Default

When Microsoft’s Windows 8 arrives to a computer near you it will have Internet Explorer 10 in tow, and with that browser will come a “Do Not Track” feature that will automatically be turned on. The privacy tool, which was backed by the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year, enables internet users to indicate to websites that they don’t wish …

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European Union Caught With Its Hand In The Cookie Jar

Don’t you just hate cookies? Not the delicious sweets, but the kind that follow you around on the Web tracking your behavior. It seems that the European Union hates them too hence why the “Cookie Law” went into effect this week. The law requires any Web site targeting citizens in EU nation-states to ask for permission before installing cookies. From …

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Twitter Experiments With Personalized User Suggestions

Twitter announced that it is conducting some personalization experiments for users. Specifically, Twitter is trying to tailor user suggestions (suggestions for people to follow) to people’s specific interests. “These tailored suggestions are based on accounts followed by other Twitter users and visits to websites in the Twitter ecosystem,” explains Twitter’s Growth and International Director, Othman Laraki. “We receive visit information …

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Twitter Enables Firefox’s “Do Not Track” Option

The New York Times is reporting that Twitter has begun acknowledging the “Do Not Track” feature of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. By doing this, Firefox users can now opt-out of all information tracking practiced by Twitter. This includes cookies and third-party tracking for behavioral advertising purposes. Internet Explorer 9 has a similar “Tracking Protection” feature, but users will have to install …

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The Internet Or Your Privacy: Which Do You Value More?

There’s an old cartoon that came out back in an issue of The New Yorker in 1993, back when the Internet was still damp with amniotic fluid and long before it’d taken its first step, that featured a dog sitting in front of a computer and looking over to his four-legged pal and saying, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re …

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Every Poll Ever: Nobody Likes Being Tracked Online

Internet privacy is steadily becoming the battle meme of 2012 and as the topic permeates the household vocabulary, one fact emerges more salient than any other: people don’t want to be tracked. To wit: a Consumer Reports survey released yesterday reveals that 71% of internet users are “very concerned” about the way companies are collecting and distributing user information gathered …

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