Microsoft has bowed to industry pressure and joined a Netscape and Lotus-led consortium to give users better control over their personal details on the Web.
The Seattle-based software giant announced it is working with Netscape and 60 other partners to push the Open Profiling Standard. Microsoft officials refused to elaborate on its role in the consortium, which includes Firefly, IBM, Versign, and eTrust, but said it would integrate OPS efforts into its Security Zone feature within the forthcoming Internet Explorer 4.0. (See other story for more on Security Zone).
The OPS consortium was announced last month and is led by Netscape, IBM and Lotus. It is working on a specification that will enable users to control which personal information gets disclosed or withheld from a particular site. Individuals can respond to requests from Web sites for personal information with all, some, or none of the requested data. The standard is based on two existing technologies -- Vcard and digital certificates. (For more information see story 28 May).
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