Microsoft Announces New Privacy Detection in IE9

December 7, 2010

10:45 pm

Google wasn’t the only company announcing updates to its browser today.  Microsoft released news of a new, built-in privacy feature with next year’s full release of Internet Explorer 9.  Dubbed ‘Tracking Protection’, the tool is designed to help users filter out websites they suspect may be tracking their movement around the Internet.

Internet Explorer 9 screenshot

Internet Explorer 9

One critique of the feature is that it’s not automatically turned on. Another is that responsibility lies with the user to create a list of – or find themselves – the sites they wish to block from sharing information.  Either way, ‘Tracking Protection’ brings Internet Explorer one step closer to meeting what the Federal Trade Commission proposed last Thursday – a mandate to Web browsers to include a “do not track”  setting.

A complete overview of what’s new in IE9 can be found here.

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Marla Shaivitz is a writer, developer and digital marketer. She's interested in innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good. Follow Marla on Twitter at @marlashaivitz.

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