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Yahoo won't recognize 'Do Not Track' in Internet Explorer 10

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Oct 2012 17:31 User comments (6)

Yahoo won't recognize 'Do Not Track' in Internet Explorer 10 Yahoo to ignore DNT in IE10.
Microsoft decided that it would make "Do Not Track" the default setting in its Internet Explorer 10 browser (on Windows 8), which if honoured would dramatically reduce advertisers' ability to snoops on web users' habits. At the time, it was warned that making the setting default might force some web services to ignore the flag entirely.

The first sign that the predictions were correct came as Apache patched its open source web server software, present on around 60 percent of all websites, to ignore the DNT setting in Internet Explorer 10.

Now. Yahoo has decided that it will ignore the DNT flag in Internet Explorer 10 also. It says that the DNT standard is not finalized yet, and that Microsoft's decision could "degrade the experience for the majority of users and makes it hard to deliver on our value proposition to them."

The web giant stresses that it does support DNT in principle, but believes that the option should be available for users to select themselves, rather than being a default settings - so in other words they want us to be in a position to voluntarily opt out, not opt in.

"We believe that DNT must map to user intent -- not to the intent of one browser creator, plug-in writer, or third-party software service," Yahoo argues.

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6 user comments

128.10.2012 19:12

So, I guess if you don't want to be tracked by yahoo, then simply don't use yahoo.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Oct 2012 @ 19:13

228.10.2012 19:49

I don't want an "experience". I would like you, Yahoo, to not pester me. But I guess that's just too much to ask, eh?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Oct 2012 @ 19:50

329.10.2012 3:54
GoodInfo
Unverified new user

"The first sign that the predictions were correct came as Apache patched its open source web server software, present on around 60 percent of all websites, to ignore the DNT setting in Internet Explorer 10."

The idiotic changes made by the Adobe employee to the Apache code on Git have long since been undone. (github.com/apache/httpd/commits/trunk/docs/conf/httpd.conf.in)

DO NOT spread lies!
Please correct the article!

429.10.2012 16:32

That sucks because I just upgraded my laptop to Win8 for the HELL of it and I really like the IE 10. Actually, I only like the IE 10 'app' as opposed to the normal IE. So looks like Google will be my search until this is resolved.

Waterfox all the way still!!

529.10.2012 16:35

Originally posted by GoodInfo:
"The first sign that the predictions were correct came as Apache patched its open source web server software, present on around 60 percent of all websites, to ignore the DNT setting in Internet Explorer 10."

The idiotic changes made by the Adobe employee to the Apache code on Git have long since been undone. (github.com/apache/httpd/commits/trunk/docs/conf/httpd.conf.in)

DO NOT spread lies!
Please correct the article!
Not seeing where your proof is so PIPE DOWN.

Actually, perhaps AD will be proactive enough to delete you out before you become a "verified user". You spewed nonsensical info.

630.10.2012 16:07
GoodInfo
Unverified new user

I take it you work in sales or something like that since you didn't manage to read what's on github.com/apache/httpd/commits/trunk/docs/conf/httpd.conf.in :))

Or maybe you work for Adobe?

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