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Microsoft decides to remove the default ‘Do Not Track’ option in new browsers

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has officially announced on its blog that, it is not going to add “Do Not Track” options in its upcoming products. In the upcoming version of Internet Explorer and Spartan, Microsoft will not allow the users to turn on “Do Not Track” options.microsoft-logo-redmond

The “Do Not Track” allows the users to hide their personal data and the browsers tells the websites that, the users can easily avoid third parties advertisements in their browsers. Most of the top-class browser vendors supports this feature, that allows its users to opt for their privacy options.

In Microsoft Official blog,

“We are updating our approach to DNT to eliminate any misunderstanding about whether our chosen implementation will comply with the W3C standard. Without this change, websites that receive a DNT signal from the new browsers could argue that it doesn’t reflect the users’ preference, and therefore, choose not to honor it. This change will apply when customers set up a new PC for the first time, as well as when they upgrade from a previous version of Windows or Internet Explorer.”

With the launch of Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft has enabled the “Do Not Track” as a default one and in the meanwhile, it started a lot of controversy among the advertisers. Before that, users can manually go for the option, and in that case, advertisers have agreed to honor the decisions of the users. By making them a default option, Microsoft has faced a lot of controversies. The advertisers said, that the decisions should be taken only by the users and not by the browser vendors.

In the meanwhile, Chrome and Firefox removed the “Do Not Track” as a default option, and today, the company has revised its options. Microsoft has now left the “Do Not Track” as a default one and from the next versions, the default options will be removed. If users needs to block the options, users can install various add-on such as uBlock, EFF’s privacy Badger and others over their personal computer.

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