In response to the growing demands for more privacy on the internet, Mozilla implements a Do Not Track option in Firefox 4.
The most recent version of Mozilla Firefox, which was rolled out this February, offers users the option to opt-out of website tracking. Once enabled, the user’s preference to not be tracked is automatically sent to the website. That doesn’t mean that the website has to do anything about it, but there will probably be a bit of a stink about those sites that don’t respect user’s privacy preferences (it would be the equivalent of someone making a sales call to you after you join the Do Not Call list). Unfortunately, most users will never know which websites are participating in the opt-out Do Not Track function.
In my opinion, beginning to solve the surfer privacy issues at the browser level is the right direction to take. It is the most universal gate through which all surfers pass – no one visits a website without touching a browser. If consumers get behind the technology now and let the companies they do business with know that they expect them to honor Firefox’s Do Not Track technology, there will be no option but to acquiesce.
Mozilla Firefox version 4.0 is still in beta while they make sure they get any glitches fixed. So don’t install it unless you are comfortable with using beta (often glitchy) software. It has been out for many weeks now, and most of the glitches are probably resolved at this point.
To add the Do Not Track functionality, download and install the latest version of Firefox 4, and then go to Firefox -> Options -> Advanced. Check the “Do Not Track” box and save your settings.
When this option is selected, a header will be sent signaling to websites that you wish to opt-out of online behavioral tracking. You will not notice any difference in your browsing experience until sites and advertisers start responding to the header. I recommend that users go in and try this out. This is the best way to give them feedback so they can make our browsing experience as safe as possible.
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