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IE9 To Include Tracking Protection

David Gilbert


IE9 To Include Tracking Protection

Knowing that someone is watching your every move is obviously unnerving - whether in real life or online.. Recently we reported on how Facebook and Google were informed whenever one of their users logged onto the NHS Choices website. With that in mind, Microsoft has today announced it will add more privacy settings to the latest iteration of its browser, Internet Explorer 9.

IE9 will offer consumers a new opt-in mechanism, called Tracking Protection, to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking. In addition Tracking Protection Lists will enable consumers to control what third-party site content can track them when they’re online.

“We believe that the combination of consumer opt-in, an open platform for publishing of Tracking Protection Lists (TPLs), and the underlying technology mechanism for Tracking Protection offer new options and a good balance between empowering consumers and online industry needs,” Microsoft said in its blog posting.

Web users, when they log onto a site, share information with more websites than the ones they see in the address bar of their browser. This is inherent in the design of the web and simply how the web works but it has potentially unintended consequences.

A Tracking Protection List contains web addresses (like TrustedReviews.com) that the browser will visit only if the consumer visits them directly by clicking on a link or typing their address. By limiting the calls to these websites and resources from other web pages, the TPL limits the information these other sites can collect.

While this is probably good news for the end user, there could be some downsides from a financial and commercial point of view. “One potential downside is that some web site publishers and developers already have concerns with large numbers of visitors blocking some of the content today (usually ads). We understand this concern and have provided several ways to deal with this issue.,” Microsoft added.


December 8, 2010, 8:50 pm

Last time I put in a comment about privacy you had a quiet laugh about the comment I made, however I am one of those people who do not believe in being tracked wherever I go.

I hate those police cameras that know if I drive along the main road to visit the shops, I think the amount of surveillance we are under from dawn till dusk is intimidating & totally over the top!

I would love to be able to simply encrypt emails, stop anyone knowing who I text on my mobile phone, & yes, keep private the visits I make to any website, BBC News, Trusted reviews or whoever!

Why should anyone know where I go, when & why, what I read, & who I talk too; so a privacy setting, good, but it needs to be expanded across life in general & not just on a few websites.


December 8, 2010, 10:42 pm

Will it stop the commies - the USA government, if you frequent Wikileaks.

Martin Daler

December 9, 2010, 12:59 am

will it do anything to stop you being tracked by your browser "fingerprint"?

see https://panopticlick.eff.org/

Hans Gruber

December 9, 2010, 1:55 am

How are Microsoft going to protect websites' ad-revenue then?

Will the likes of AddThis, ADTECH, Google Adsense, Google Analytics, Omniture, Doubleclick, Facebook Connect, Quigo Analytics, Revenue Science, SkimLinks, Bizo, Comscore Beacon, Tacado, XiTi, Rubicon etc all do a deal with Microsoft to have themselves put on some kind of whitelist for $pecial treatment?

Just as well it's opt in I guess, else the net would go bust and there'd be no free content left for us to read if everybody disabled ads and tracking.


December 9, 2010, 3:06 am

@ Mark

You sound like you have a lot of stuff to hide! I hope the police are watching you...



December 9, 2010, 2:48 pm

Hi @Steve

That is the point of what I said, like the vast majority of people in this country I do not have stuff to hide, am law abiding & have nothing to hide.

That is my whole point, why do I need to be checked up on & watched.

Someone has too much time on their hands, or does not trust any of us to be normal everyday people.


December 9, 2010, 2:55 pm

Non-IE users, you may like this:



December 9, 2010, 4:12 pm


I agree, it is totally over the top, but undfortunately in this day and age you are guily until proven innocent.

I too have nothing to hide but I feel that this invasion of privacy has gone too far, particularly with ebsite know what other sites I visit, and they don't ask for the right to see this information, they just take it.


December 9, 2010, 6:02 pm

How do we know that IE9 does not allow Microsoft to track you?


December 9, 2010, 6:19 pm

If tracking allows websites to display unobtrusive ads to keep their costs down, I'm ok with that. Its the *FLASHING* obnoxious ads which really annoy me and deserve to be blocked.

When you think about it, tracking is similar to walking into a shop and, without your knowledge or consent, they attach a tracking device on you or your vehicle to see where else you shop.

Sounds like it should be illegal.

In the end, its all about as harmless as junk mail in your home letterbox.

They are not collecting personal information.

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