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Yahoo to ignore IE 10 Do Not Track

From Declan’s article on CNET.

The fight over the “do not track” flag continues.

In the latest version of Internet Explorer (version 10), Microsoft has made “do not track” the default setting. This makes tracking by websites an “opt in” rather than an “opt out” proposition. Privacy advocates have long favored this approach, but advertisers don’t like it.

Yahoo feels so strongly about this that they say that they will ignore the Do Not Track (DNT) flag when coming from IE 10 browsers. The open source Apache web server is also going to come configured to ignore the IE 10 DNT flag.

So, even if you explicitly want Do Not Track, and would have gone in and manually enabled it, you will be tracked by Yahoo anyway.

Ironically, this means that if you actually want to not be tracked, you need to use a different browser and manually enable the setting.

I do appreciate the effort Microsoft, and shame on you Yahoo.

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  • --Rick · October 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    This may explain part of the management decision making that has cost Yahoo considerable market share to Google and others.


  • Qin The Emperor · November 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    We must all protect ourselves from all these spying eyes on the internet. I know those who spy on us wouldnt want to be spied on so show some respect and stand up for your rights and the rights of your fellow countrymen.


  • Pinash Sizsashuzi · March 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Until the W3C or iAB come out with standards, all should ignore these flags. The low-information, reactionary commenters don’t understand that there isn’t any spying going on. These cookies contain nothing that is personally identifiable and knee-jerk reactions or echoing what is heard on the nightly news to promote a perception over fact doesn’t help their cause at all.


    • Author comment by lance · March 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

      So, if I very specifically ask you not to do something to me, your feeling is that you should just go ahead and do it anyway unless there is a public standard about it? There are certainly good arguments for and against specific proposals and protocols, but this one strikes me as very weak.
      The claim that “there isn’t any spying going on” is very broad and demonstrably false. It may be true that any given website or service is not spying, but there is certainly “spying” or at least retention of personally identifiable information going on.
      Frankly I think that “anonymized” data is generally a farce. It is often possible if not easy to take such data and discover the unique identity of the individual.
      History does not suggest that my trust in businesses to honor my privacy is well placed.


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