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W3C Accepts Microsoft's Do Not Track Proposal

A Microsoft official said this week that a leading Web standards group has accepted its "do-not-track" privacy technology, which was developed for incorporation into the soon-to-be-released Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), as a submission to be considered for standardization.

As privacy protection on the Web becomes an increasingly important issue to both consumers and governments, there has been much prognosticating about how such protection should be provided and by whom. One way may be through defining and implementing privacy in Web standards.

"Today, the W3C [World Wide Web Consortium] has accepted and published Microsoft's member submission for an Internet standard to help protect consumer privacy," Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for IE, said Thursday in a post to Microsoft's IEBlog.

"This announcement from the Web standards body responsible for HTML5 is an important step forward for people and businesses that interact online," he added.

Microsoft debuted its user anti-tracking technology in IE9 in early December. The company is expected to release IE9 for general use on March 14.

Source: InternetNews