Browser Updates Do-Not-Track Option
ONLINE PRIVACYJune 23, 2011
Mozilla has made its new do-not-track option easier to find and set in its latest Web browser update, ZDNet reports. Firefox 5 is the first in the company's accelerated release cycle--a plan to release browser updates every three months. The latest update also includes a do-not-track mechanism for the Android version of the browser. Mozilla's do-not-track feature relays header information to advertising companies, which then have the option to honor the request to avoid data collection. Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 also features a do-not-track mechanism, but unlike Firefox, the report states, it uses a "tracking protection list--essentially a block list to decide which third-party elements of a Web page to block or allow."