Mozilla Announces More Advertisers and Publishers Adopt and Implement Do Not Track Feature

Posted by akgraner on Apr 1, 2011 2:16 PM EDT
Linux Pro Magazine; By Amber Graner
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Mozilla announces two developments which 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 which 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 which 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 of 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 wishes to opt-out of online behavioral tracking.

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