Update to Alleged Information and Security Issue with Mouse Position Behavior

Over the last few days we’ve seen reports alleging abuse of a browser behavior regarding mouse position. Microsoft is working closely with other companies to address the concern of mouse position movement. From what we know now, the underlying issue has more to do with competition between analytics companies than consumer safety or privacy. We…


Protecting Consumers’ Privacy Online

This morning in the United States, the White House announced a new “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” as part of the effort to improve consumers’ online privacy. As I’ve mentioned before, Microsoft is actively participating in the industry initiative for Tracking Protection at the W3C to produce Web standards for online privacy. The Tracking Protection…


Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings

When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with…


This Week in Privacy

In the last ten years Microsoft has invested heavily in user privacy. Just like security, privacy considerations are baked into every Microsoft product. It is almost a year since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web, accepted and published Microsoft’s member…


Online Tracking, Consumer Protection, and Web Standards

Today, the W3C announced the creation of a Tracking Protection Working Group to work on defining what tracking is, signaling user intent, and tracking protection lists. The W3C’s action here can help protect consumers from unwanted tracking. We welcome the opportunity to work with the industry and governments on a Web standard based on our…


More Control over Flash Cookies with IE

Internet Explorer now gives you more control over the data that Web sites store on your computer. This includes Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (LSOs). We’ve worked closely with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Internet Explorer, making it easier for you to manage your online privacy with the latest version of Adobe…


Making Tracking Protection Lists Available From Your Web Site

Any site can offer Tracking Protection Lists (TPLs) to help consumers protect their privacy. This post shows you how to make a TPL available from your site. For example, clicking here in IE9 will add the list from the EasyPrivacy. A word about Tracking Protection Lists Tracking Protection Lists are similar in concept to the…


Deleting “Flash Cookies” Made Easier

If you follow Web Privacy issues, you’ve probably heard about “Flash Cookies.” In the same manner that Web developers can use HTTP Cookies to store data, developers who use Adobe Flash Player on their Web site can use Flash Cookies to store data. Internet Explorer users are accustomed to deleting their cookies via Delete Browsing…


Web Tracking Protection: Minimum Standards and Opportunities to Innovate

In this blog post, we discuss why Microsoft strongly supports self-regulation, how the final version of IE9 will implement the Do Not Track User Preference as a secondary method, and why we will continue to provide features well beyond the minimum standards to keep consumers in control of their safety and privacy. Industry Complexity and…


ActiveX Filtering for Consumers

ActiveX Filtering in the IE9 Release Candidate gives you greater control over how Web pages run on your PC. With ActiveX Filtering, you can turn off ActiveX controls for all Web sites and then turn them back on selectively as you see fit. While ActiveX controls like Adobe Flash are important for Web experiences today…