[telecom] Yahoo is the latest company ignoring Web users' requests for privacy

Yahoo is the latest company ignoring Web users' requests for privacy "Do Not Track" has largely been a failure.

by Jon Brodkin May 1 2014 Ars Technica

Yahoo yesterday announced that it will stop complying with Do Not Track signals that Web browsers send on behalf of users who wish to not be monitored for advertising purposes.

"As of today, web browser Do Not Track settings will no longer be enabled on Yahoo," a company blog said. "As the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track, we've been at the heart of conversations surrounding how to develop the most user-friendly standard. However, we have yet to see a single standard emerge that is effective, easy to use and has been adopted by the broader tech industry."

When users click the Do Not Track setting in their browser, an HTTP header is sent to websites to state the user's preference not to be tracked.

"While some third parties have committed to honor Do Not Track, many more have not," the project website states. "In February 2012, the major online advertising trade groups pledged at the White House to support Do Not Track by year-end; that promise remains unfulfilled. Efforts to standardize Do Not Track in the World Wide Web Consortium have resulted in deadlock, despite frequent urging by American and European policymakers."


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