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    Tracking Protection Lists

    What do loungers think of using Tracking Protection Lists, as per the following:

    http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/browser/p3p/

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    I use them. I installed them when IE9 came out and promptly forgot about them. I suppose they are working.

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    Joe:
    I got interested in the subject because of articles like this:
    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/...est=latestnews

    The implication is that Google has been doing much more tracking than they said they would.
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    I've read a couple of articles about that. Google is not the paragon of corporate virtue that they would like everyone to think.

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    A large company like Google doing more tracking than they say they are going to do??? Are we getting paranoid??? You betcha we are. Does a bear do you know what in the woods. Why would Google be any different than any other large corp. Once these guy, and I do not mean just Google, get this big, they want to keep what they have and get more.
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    Do you use Tracking protection lists, as described in my initial post, Ted?

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    Yes I do, I have since I installed IE 9. I assume they work. I installed them as Joe did and forgot them. Until you started this post I had forgotten all about them. I guess if something is working unobtrusivey in the background and does not nag me, it is doing what it is supposed to do.

    Ths is what I've got. Don't ask me why I chose these, Don't really know why?????

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    Ted:
    You might want to check out the referenced article then. My understanding is the one from Microsoft is specifically
    directed at Google's violation of what it promised not to do.
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    I don't think there's a connection between what Google's accused of in the article and IE9's Tracking Protection Lists.

    The article is about P3P which has been used by IE since IE6, and therefore predates IE9's TPLs by about 10 years.

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    Bruce:
    Then why is the first TPL listed in my first article called; "Block third-party Google site tracking"?
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    Actually since I delete all cookies and history when I close my browser I believe this should effectively thwart Google's attempt at tracing my surfing. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it would be pretty boring if they did trace me. It does appear the article is geared more toward Apple phone iOS. I do get paranoid about the junk placed on my PC and always delete all TIF daily. I also delete all temp files daily. I have a pretty quick connection. So what if it takes a few milliseconds longer to connect because I don't have a cached page to load first. I don't care. I would rather have that and have it take a couple of seconds to load than have any chance of info being available for others to see. I have a cable connection with turbo Road Runner. My download speeds are about 17 + MB/s, my upload speeds are about 1.75 MB/s. Even pages I go to all the time load plenty fast enough for me now without being cached.

    I guess the bottom line is with my security systems and my security practices I am not really worried about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick-Y View Post
    Bruce:
    Then why is the first TPL listed in my first article called; "Block third-party Google site tracking"?
    Dick
    OK, I now understand your comments. Microsoft have now made available a special Tracking Protection List because Google was side-stepping the default P3P blocking (which relates to "Blocks third-party cookies that do not have a compact privacy policy" at Internet Options, Privacy Settings).

    I've now added that new Tracking Protection List to IE9. Thanks for pointing out the link.

    The cause and effect is all detailed in the Microsoft IE Blog posting which prompted the subsequent publicity, and it looks like there will be further changes coming as a result:

    IE Blog: Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings

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