Project Spartan won’t enable ‘Do Not Track’ by default

Microsoft’s Project Spartan web browser will not enable ‘Do Not Track’ by default to comply with the industry’s latest standard.

The newest World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) draft for the feature says it “must reflect the user’s preference,” meaning you have to turn it on to activate it, just like on Firefox and Chrome.

The draft:

“Key to that notion of expression is that the signal sent must reflect the user’s preference, not the choice of some vendor, institution, site, or network-imposed mechanism outside the user’s control; this applies equally to both the general preference and exceptions. The basic principle is that a tracking preference expression is only transmitted when it reflects a deliberate choice by the user. In the absence of user choice, there is no tracking preference expressed.”

“Do Not Track” has always been optional, since advertisers can choose to honor or ignore your request. This change will take effect when you set up a new computer or upgrade to Windows 10.

Source: Engadget

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