Privacy Groups ramp up support for IE9 Tracking Protection

first_imgWith all the majors browsers shifting their HTML rendering and JavaScript processing engines into high gear in recent versions, the battle for supremacy (and mindshare) has moved to security and privacy. Mozilla’s take, the Do Not Track header, has yet to catch on — in part because it relies on folks who build and maintain websites updating their code in order to have any effect.In Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft built upon its previous filtering technologies and introduced Tracking Protection. Rather than being dependent on code someone else’s code updates, Tracking Protection works like AdBlock does: it pulls down a list of sites from a central location (like EasyList) and blocks the transmission of data to or from any blacklisted providers. As Microsoft puts it, they’re like “Do Not Call” lists for web advertising providers.Tracking Protection Lists (or TPLs) are maintained by a number of different groups, and they’re available for download on the IE Gallery site. In addition to EasyList, TPLs are offered by TrustE, Abine, and EnhancedPrivacy.eu. This week, Privacy International joined the ranks of TPL providers by posting three European-focused lists including one that is specifically targeted at protecting children online.Today there are 20 different TPLs to choose from — compared to just five when IE9 launched back in March of 2011. Support for Tracking Protection Lists continues to grow, and that’s great news for anyone who’s concerned about privacy on the Internet. Better still, TPLs are simple text files — so it’s entire possible for other browser manufacturers to implement support in their own apps. Whether or not any will remains to be seen, but with Tracking Protection being developed as a standard by the W3C the odds are certainly good.More at Exploring IElast_img read more

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