Today, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 users will have the ability to alter the default settings for the privacy feature “Do Not Track” in IE10 (Internet Explorer 10) when they run the new operating system for the first time.
This option, which is termed Do Not Track (DNT) indicates if a user prefers online websites and advertisers to track his movements. All the five major browsers- Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera can transmit a DNT signal.
Microsoft had announced in May that DNT would be by default powered on for IE10. This standpoint is not altered until users take an action .i.e. the feature will remain enabled till the user deactivates it. However, today the chief privacy officer of the company, Brendon Lynch noted that users could change the setting if they wished to.
Setting the user choices following installation but before the software is run is referred to as “first-run” option. Lynch said that DNT would be activated in the ‘Express Settings’ part of Windows 8 setup process. Here customers also get a ‘Customize’ option, which lets them to easily switch off DNT if they wanted to.
Similar to the earlier operating system editions, Windows 8 will give users the alternative choices when they run the software for the first time. The option called Express acknowledges the defaults set by Microsoft, including DNT. It is presumed if the customer does not do anything other than proceeding with the setup.
It allows customers to change the default settings that are there before the first run of Windows 8. By following such an approach, the customers can switch on or off many setting independently, including the DNT signal setting.
When the users let Express to finish the setup of Windows 8, they will experience what Lynch refers to as a prominent notice that informs them IE10 will come with DNT powered on.
Formerly, competitors have criticized about how Microsoft organizes its Express settings and have asserted that some users choose the alternative as Customize. Lynch stated that feedbacks from users had forced the company to speak out about the way in which IE10 will manage DNT.
The company has been conducting extra consumer research since May, in which strong support was confirmed for their ‘consumer-privacy-first’ method to DNT. They have also discussed their viewpoint with several interested parties, who wished to know more about how their customers would first experience and manage the DNT settings in IE.