FCC rejects 'Do Not Track' petition2015-11-09 02:44 by Daniela
The FCC has approved a new ruling on Friday, according to which websites such as Google and Facebook will no longer be forced to honor "Do Not Track" requests from their users. Do not track is a browser feature that would allow internet users to tell websites that they didn't want to be tracked.
The new rulling is the answer to a petition from activist group Consumer Watchdog sent to the FCC in June. As part of it, the FCC has been asked to force 'edge providers' (like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, LinkedIn) to honor the Do Not Track requests from consumers.
Neither Google nor Facebook have agreed to honor these requests, probably because both companies depend on the information they collect from their users to earn a profit. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed the petition saying:
"The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers".
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