Mozilla brainstorms built-in controls for tracking on Internet browser
Microsoft heeded the calls for more online privacy yesterday when it announced that it would include a "do not track" feature in its next version of Internet Explorer. So far, other browsers aren't jumping to follow suit. Mozilla, however, says it's studying the issue.
The feature can keep third-party users from tracking user activity and comes on the heels of the Federal Trade Commission's recommendation that all browsers do the same.
A Mozilla spokesperson told Post Tech that the company is brainstorming ways to give its Firefox browser users more built-in control over their personal information but has no plans to ship that any time soon. AdBlock is the most popular anti-tracking add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome users.
"We have been working with other organizations to define solutions that are built into Firefox that help people understand what's happening with their information in actionable ways," a Mozilla spokesperson wrote in a statement. "There is a need for such a solution because people's online information is more personal than ever (e.g. information about our health, our current physical location), and tactics like behavioral targeting are more sophisticated."
Google declined to comment, and Apple, which uses its Safari browser, didn't return e-mails and phone calls for an interview.
Until then, there are ways to use add-ons and other in-browser settings to pull together a do-not-track feature like IE’s. CNET did a great how-to yesterday on protecting your privacy with existing tools.
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| December 8, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
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