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Submission + - Do Not Track: Why You Have No Say In Your Internet Privacy (

amkkhan writes: "Do Not Track." Most internet browsers have a button hidden deep in their settings that says "Do Not Track," and when you click it, you would expect that you regain some control over your internet privacy, as advertisers must adhere to the "Do Not Track" request. But does it actually work?

Nine months ago, the Obama administration agreed to create a "Do Not Track" mechanism in browsers, and while many already have a "Do Not Track" button in place, until the government and advertisers come to agreement, the "Do Not Track" button will have no effect.

The parties have been meeting regularly to try to agree how the "Do Not Track" button should work, but according to CNN, they can't even agree what the "track" in "Do Not Track" means. While some want the "Do Not Track" button to make targeted ads would be a thing of the past, advertisers won't budge on that.

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Do Not Track: Why You Have No Say In Your Internet Privacy

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