Microsoft is not likely to win over advertisers with its decision to turn on Internet Explorer 10's Do Not Track feature in the RTM version of Windows 8.
The Do Not Track, or DNT, feature is designed to stop third-party Web sites from tracking your online activity. Web sites that find Do Not Track turned on in your browser are supposed to back off. Most browsers leave the setting turned off, leaving it up to the user to decide whether to enable it.
But a blog post from Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch confirmed that the company is sticking with its ongoing policy to turn DNT on by default. The decision to enable the setting in the Windows 8 Release Preview will carry over into the Windows 8 RTM.
"In conjunction with the release of the Release Preview of Windows 8 in late May, we announced that we would be turning 'on' a DNT signal as part of the default configuration for IE10," Lynch explained. "Since then, we have conducted additional consumer research that confirmed strong support for our 'consumer-privacy-first' approach to DNT."
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