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Microsoft's Ad Team Trumps IE Developers' Privacy Aims 149

Posted by timothy
from the sounds-like-a-movie-script dept.
phantomfive writes "The company everyone loves to hate is after your private information, as the Wall Street Journal reports. The IE8 design team had planned on adding the best privacy features available, but the advertising executives wanted to track users. From the story: 'In the end, the product planners lost a key part of the debate. The winners: executives who argued that giving automatic privacy to consumers would make it tougher for Microsoft to profit from selling online ads. Microsoft built its browser so that users must deliberately turn on privacy settings every time they start up the software.'"
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Microsoft's Ad Team Trumps IE Developers' Privacy Aims

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