Microsoft, responding to user concerns over privacy online, is additional features into its browser. Stuart J. Johnston reports.
Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), which began beta testing in mid-September, will add new user privacy features, including support for so-called "do-not-track" lists aimed at giving users more control over what data is collected by third-parties.
The anti-tracking capabilities will become available when IE9 reaches the "release candidate" or RC stage the final phase of testing before a Microsoft product is released, according to a post on the IEBlog by Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for Internet Explorer, on Tuesday.
"With the release candidate, IE9 will offer consumers a new opt-in mechanism [called] 'Tracking Protection' to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking, [and] 'Tracking Protection Lists' [that] will enable consumers to control what third-party site content can track them when theyre online," Hachamovitch added.
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