Mozilla's "Do Not Track" Feature Gains Popularity

Mar 31, 2011

Mozilla announces two developments that bring its Do Not Track privacy feature in Firefox closer to being respected by industry.

"To provide users more choice and control over online behavioral tracking, it’s essential that publishers and advertisers adopt and implement Web technologies that respect consumers’ wishes to not be tracked across their Web properties and services," writes Alex Fowler on the Mozilla Blog. Prompting Fowler's post are two new developments that are helping to move the Do Not Track (DNT) privacy feature to become and industry standard. Those developments include the AP News Registry service implementing the DNT header across 800 news sites that service 175-million unique visitors each month and the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) is initiating a process to explore incorporating the DNT header, as proposed by Mozilla, into its Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA).

Fowler states that with the integration of the DNT into Firefox, users can now check a Do Not Track box in the Advanced screen in Firefox Options (PC) or Preferences (Mac) and when DNT is enabled, a signal sent via an HTTP header tells websites and third parties that the user wants to opt-out of online behavioral tracking.

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  • Amber?

    Yeah, I caught that too...Maybe Amber is using the Vole's software and forgot all about the Penguin....
  • DNT implementation on websites

    I wonder how one can make sure a website, claiming to respect the DNT option, actualy does that ?

    And also to the write: This is a Linux magazine, so why not mention how to change the setting on a "Linux" Firefox ?
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