Twitter implementing Mozilla's Do Not Track feature

Twitter will be implementing the Do Not Track feature in the Mozilla Firefox browser, as announced Thursday by Ed Felten, chief technology officer for the Federal Trade Commission at a New York Internet Week privacy panel. Twitter confirmed the FTC's announcement, appropriately enough, in a tweet.

Carolyn Penner, a spokeswoman for Twitter, said, "We applaud the FTC’s leadership on Do Not Track, and are excited to provide the benefits of Do Not Track."

The Do Not Track feature in Firefox enables users to opt out of cookies that collect personal information, as well as cookies that are used for advertising. Do Not Track only works on websites that specifically implement it. Facebook, which can be viewed as a competitor to Twitter in the social networking space, does not allow users to opt out of its data collection, though Facebook has opened up a bit by allowing users to see the kind of information being collected. Facebook even tracks people who are not logged into Facebook.

Mozilla confirmed the announcement as well in a blog post. The blog post notes that Do Not Track adoption rates are 8.6% for desktop users and 19% for mobile users. The biggest adoption rates so far are in The Netherlands, France and the United States.

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funkydude said,

Yes, it is pretty odd. Not only was MS first to announce & to release, but DNT doesn't belong to either of them:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_not_track_header

It's probably because the author of this article originally saw it from the (incorrect) Ars article.


Well according to that same article, the Do Not Track header was invented by some researchers who prototyped it on Firefox. In fact one of the researchers was working for Mozilla at the time.

MS Lose32 said,

Well according to that same article, the Do Not Track header was invented by some researchers who prototyped it on Firefox. In fact one of the researchers was working for Mozilla at the time.

So? That suggestion is as bad as companies that claim a feature as their own just because one of their employees was working on it at the time. Mozilla doesn't claim they own or made DNT and neither does anyone else.

According to the article, it was created by 3 people, 1 of which was working at Mozilla. So 1 out of 3 means they own it?

funkydude said,

So? That suggestion is as bad as companies that claim a feature as their own just because one of their employees was working on it at the time. Mozilla doesn't claim they own or made DNT and neither does anyone else.

According to the article, it was created by 3 people, 1 of which was working at Mozilla. So 1 out of 3 means they own it?


I wasn't claiming ownership of anything. But I am claiming that Mozilla had a greater part in DNT's beginnings than Microsoft had. Not that it really matters though.

MS Lose32 said,

I wasn't claiming ownership of anything. But I am claiming that Mozilla had a greater part in DNT's beginnings than Microsoft had. Not that it really matters though.

Well I wasn't claiming that Microsoft had a part in creating DNT, just pushing it, so fair enough

SK[ said,]Thanks. Been playing with a few of my typical sites and Neowin seem's to be the worst out of the lot

Well it's not always Neowin specifically. It could be their advert "providers".

drazgoosh said,
One of my favourite Chrome Extensions is Ghostery. Pretty much a Do Not Track feature, but it scans for sites tracking you and you have the choice to block certain cookies/bugs/etc.

Edit: Link: https://chrome.google.com/webs...ejdfkolichcflejclcbmpeaniij


aww need an addon for chrome? cute
IE9 has it build in, its smart and self learning just turn it on and after a while most adds will be gone.
Tracking protection is just plain awesome, and the reason why Google made chrome