IE9 will have a tracking kill button
Microsoft has announced that its coming version of Internet Explorer will ship with a button that will prevent online tracking.
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) apparently will have Tracking Protection Lists that will tell the web browser which third-party content to permit and which to block.
The Vole said that the Tracking Protection Lists will be an opt-in feature, and that it will not provide any lists itself.
Third parties such as privacy advocacy groups, ad-blocking advocates, or individuals are expected to provide such lists that will be updated weekly.
This feature will be in addition to Vole’s Inprivate Filtering that attempts to block third-party scripting and tracking devices.
Inprivate Filtering operates on a heuristic basis and it can miss some tracking devices and can block too much third-party scripting. The Vole seems to think that Tracking Protection Lists should be less susceptible to this problem.
Microsoft’s announcement is a surprise as it enables the web browser to shut down the lucrative Internet tracking industry. It comes soon after the FTC called for browser vendors to include a “do not track” button in order to block any kind of third-party usage tracking.
Microsoft has proposed a file format for the lists, and it promises that the final specification will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Support for Tracking Protection Lists will first arrive in a release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 that will tip up early next year.
Originally published by the Inquirer. Read the original story here