IE11 preview has improvements to Do Not Track features

Microsoft released the first public version of Internet Explorer 11 last week as part of the preview of Windows 8.1. As it turns out, IE11 features improvements to the Do Not Track features that were put into IE10 as the default setting in 2012.

In a post on the Microsoft on the Issues blog, the company announced that IE11 is the first web browser that supports User-Granted Exceptions, a new protocol that comes from the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Tracking Protection Working Group. Brendon Lynch, the chief privacy officer at Microsoft, states:

The Do Not Track exceptions capability in Internet Explorer, which we refer to as the “permissions API” (application programming interface), enables websites to ask for an exception to a consumer’s DNT setting and provides a mechanism for that permission to be stored and communicated to the website in the future. Enabling consumers to grant permission to a particular website or service for collection and use of their information, even when DNT is on for other sites, reflects feedback that we heard clearly during discussions.

In addition, IE11 offers users more ways to change their personal Do Not Track settings via the Privacy panel in the Settings menu or from the Safety menu on the desktop. Lynch says that Microsoft continues to work with the W3C to create a Do Not Track standard that will be used by all web browsers and continues to listen to its customers, consumer groups, businesses, lawmakers and academic representatives as they evolve their polices on this issue.

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meh.. ghostery 's been taking this and much more. there is still no dev friendly extension model that devs can develop on.

The whole DNT thing seems more and more of a joke. First I have to turn it on, myself. Can't have the installer do it for me, or else its gonna be ignored. Now even after I turn it on, websites will badger me with "I see that you have politely asked me not to track you, so I too am going to be polite and ask you: Can I please track you?" prompts. And even after all that who is going to ensure that they are not actually tracking me?

Why is it a joke? DNT has legal backing in NL and EU is working on a similar system.
Not that it matters to much, sure you can try to track me with your cookies, oh wait. Tracking Protection.

I rather have em improve Tracking Protection. Its a very good system but even in IE10 it surely lacks. Only able to have 1 custom list sucks. I want 2 at least, an allow and deny one tyvm.

I hope this can be switched off so DNT just applies to all websites and you don't get badgered to constantly add sites to a whitelist.

Given that this software is publicly available it would be useful if these articles delved into the features rather than just regurgitate Microsoft's press releases.