Yahoo! websites to get do-not-track tool

March 29, 2012
Yahoo! on Thursday said that it will soon add a tool to its websites that allows visitors to signal that they don't want their online activity tracked for ad targeting or other ends.

Yahoo! on Thursday said that it will soon add a tool to its websites that allows visitors to signal that they don't want their online activity tracked for ad targeting or other ends.

The California-based promised to deploy a "Do Not Track solution" across its , including online advertising units Right Media and interclick, by mid-year.

"This site-wide DNT mechanism will provide a simple step for consumers to express their ad targeting preferences to Yahoo!," the company said in a release that did not provide details regarding how the tool would work.

Yahoo! said it would provide privacy innovation in a way that continued to allow free online services supported by advertising.

Yahoo! maintained that it "looks forward to continuing the dialogue with to discuss common sense solutions that protect user privacy while maintaining the free Internet model."

The US (FTC) called for Internet users to be given an easy-to-use "Do Not Track" feature in a report released this week backing tighter online .

The FTC put its seal on recommendations for businesses and US legislators to better protect people's privacy in "an era of rapid change."

"Companies should give consumers the option to decide what information is shared about them, and with whom," the report said.

"This should include a Do-Not-Track mechanism that would provide a simple, easy way for consumers to control the tracking of their online activities."

Progress is being made on a do-not-track tool that would prevent online services or advertisers from recording people's Internet activities without their permission, according to the FTC.

Allowing people to roam the Internet without having their behavior tracked for has become a hot topic, with pressure mounting for US legislators to pass laws better safeguarding online privacy.

Explore further: Web ad group launches privacy education campaign

Related Stories

Web ad group launches privacy education campaign

December 3, 2009

(AP) -- A group of leading Internet publishers and digital marketing services on Thursday launched an online campaign to educate consumers about how they are tracked and targeted for pitches on the Web.

FTC proposes 'Do Not Track' tool for Web surfers (Update 2)

December 1, 2010

(AP) -- Federal regulators are proposing to create a "Do Not Track" tool for the Internet so that consumers could prevent marketers from tracking their Web browsing habits and other online behavior in order to target advertising.

New report calls for online privacy bill of rights

December 16, 2010

(AP) -- The Commerce Department is calling for the creation of a "privacy bill of rights" for Internet users to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data online and use that information for marketing and ...

Recommended for you

Robo-whiskers mimic animals exploring their surroundings

August 4, 2015

Many mammals, including seals and rats, rely on their whiskers to sense their way through dark environments. Inspired by these animals, scientists working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois' Advanced ...

Thunderstrike 2: Proof-of-concept worm could infect Macs

August 4, 2015

Two researchers, Xeno Kovah co-founder of LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson, a security engineer with Two Sigma Investments, have created a proof of concept worm capable of attacking Mac computers. The worm which they designed ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.