Apache webserver patch set to ignore IE10's Do Not Track feature

By Leeky
Sep 11, 2012
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  1. An Apache HTTP webserver developer has stirred up controversy after releasing an update for the webserver application to Github that ignores Internet Explorer 10's "Do Not Track" (DNT) settings. Roy Fielding, an architect of the DNT standard, an Adobe employee...

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  2. So if you workaround some copy protection you'll go to jail, but if some corporations override your privacy settings its ok?
  3. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,134   +172

    Very poor from Apache.... but then again leaving the server to honour "do not track" client settings was always flawed and subject to such abuse in the first place.
  4. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TechSpot Booster Posts: 344   +34

    This exactly. Design your browser to hide all possible information from the webserver if you want privacy. Add vpn and proxy specific options if you really want privacy.
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,035   +70

    +1

    I wonder if MS would push/support for alternatives e.g. Lighttd, Nginx, Boa, IIS etc. ....... could be fun if it happens.
  6. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 368   +39

    You wonder if Microsoft would support IIS as an alternative? That's an emphatic yes.

    I disagree, it should be the user's choice, not Microsoft's.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Personally I feel that they shouldnt track you anyways. The joy of online, is that the user gains annonimity. You get to surf the web in the comfort of your own home. Going to whatever website strikes your fancy. That allows you to explore the web and all it has to offer w/o the judgments of others. I find it a bit disturbing that ppl want to know if im going on a game site or a porn site. Tracking is a slippery slope. Yea I'm sure those that track you are going to say they are doing it to provide you a better web experience. In the end it all boils down to the fact that DNT should be a default setup. Its not anyones business what and where you choose to visit.
  8. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    I understand wanting to stick by a standard but I don't get Apache's position here. How is "uncheck here if you don't want DNT" different qualitatively from "check here if you do want DNT"? Either way, it's the user's choice. If IE10 presents the choice clearly during the install but defaults to more not less privacy, doesn't this server mod award the Snoopy Bad Boy demerit badge to Apache? This makes no sense.
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Giving users a "better experience" is noble, but the *real* problem with DNT is untargeted advertising is nearly worthless. Advertising, of course, makes a lot of the free content we enjoy on the Internet possible and knowing what your demographics and interests are raises the value of that advertising a great deal.

    It's really a matter of privacy vs. revenue. There needs to be a balance. An extremely hard turn in either direction could make the web a very unfun place to hang out.


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