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Windows 7: Report: In IE8, Web ads won out over privacy

02 Aug 2010   #1
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Report: In IE8, Web ads won out over privacy

Well, no real surprise here....

Efforts to build Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 with more robust privacy settings were reportedly stifled by the needs of online advertisers to track user activity, according to a story in Monday's Wall Street Journal.
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Report: In IE8, Web ads won out over privacy | Security - CNET News

What's sad about this is the team wanted to make it more secure, but that was shot down.

In designing the browser in early 2008, IE8's development team, led by manager Dean Hachamovitch, wanted to implement new privacy features that would limit third parties from easily tracking mouse clicks and other user activity, according to the Journal. The effort was seen as an attempt to distinguish Internet Explorer from up-and-coming rivals like Firefox, which had gradually been grabbing more of IE's market share.

But the best laid plans of the IE team quickly ran into a brick wall. Executives at Microsoft's ad business argued that the tighter privacy would hinder the tracking needed for online advertising at a time when the company was ramping up to sell online ads after its $6 billion purchase of Web ad vendor Aquantive.
Microsoft has not responded to a request for comment on the Journal story.

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02 Aug 2010   #2

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

LOL they failed to make the most secure browser
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03 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Pfft. That's Microsoft for you. Figures. I'm glad I don't use Internet Explorer all that much anyway. Thanks a lot for our vote of confidence, MS. (As if they really earned that anyway).
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