FTC Wants Do-Not-Track Browser System... But Does The Government Need To Be Involved?

from the it's-called-no-script dept

So a lot of folks are talking about the FTC's new plan for a "Do Not Track" system, which would be a browser-based tool that would let people indicate that they do not want various marketing/advertising/tracking tools to track their internet surfing. While I appreciate the FTC's general concern about privacy, I'm sort of wondering why it needs to be involved at all, if the idea is to create a browser-based system for this. There are already technological tools out there to do much of what the FTC appears to want. You can disable cookies or use tools like No Script to block most tracking efforts already. So what does the FTC's push do that isn't already being done by the market?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Dec 2010 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Re: derp

    I set up a virtual machine with a fresh install of Firefox (with NS and Adblock) originally it was intended as a testlab for code, now i do browsing in it aswell, and the whole .vm file gets deleted every few days and replaced with a copy of a clean one.
    Roundabout way to do it (and one might argue slightly paranoid), but it works.

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