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Internet Explorer 9 to Offer Greater Privacy

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Microsoft, responding to user concerns over privacy online, is additional features into its browser. Stuart J. Johnston reports.

The next version of Microsoft’s browser will include technologies to let users block websites and online advertisers from collecting and retaining their information.

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 they’re online,” Hachamovitch added.

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