WASHINGTON (September 28, 2012) - Today the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) implemented a new website feature that detects whether visitors have "Do Not Track" enabled in their browser. Users who request that www.itif.org not track their online behavior will receive an alert telling them that their request has been denied-a completely new experience for most users.
Do Not Track is a preference that users can set in some web browsers to inform websites that they do not want to be tracked. Currently, IE8, IE9, and Firefox support various versions of Do Not Track. Do Not Track has been heavily promoted by various groups, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the White House.
However, as Senior Analyst Daniel Castro said, "Do Not Track is a detrimental policy that undermines the economic foundation of the Internet. Moreover, while Do Not Track might work in the short-term, it will be a failure in the long-term. It is my hope that with this alert ITIF will be able to remind people how easy it would be for sites to block users who enable Do Not Track, and by outlining how this will likely play out, policymakers will realize this is a useless endeavor. Instead of chasing a proposal that is doomed from the start, they should focus on meaningful efforts to protect user privacy that do not undermine the economic system that has supported decades of innovation on the Internet."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at www.itif.org or contact Steve Norton at (202) 626-5758 or [email protected].