Microsoft has confirmed its new Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) web browser will have express and custom 'do not track' (DNT) options during its setup process on Windows 8.
Microsoft's chief privacy officer, Brendon Sinclair, confirmed the details regarding DNT's place in IE10's setup process in a blog post on Tuesday.
"DNT will be enabled in the 'Express Settings' portion of the Windows 8 set-up experience. There, customers will also be given a 'Customise' option, allowing them to easily switch DNT 'off' if they'd like," wrote Sinclair.
"This approach is consistent with Microsoft's goal of designing and configuring IE features to better protect user privacy, while also affording customers control of those features."
The express setting promises to streamline the setup experience and "generally improve a customer's privacy, security, and overall experience on the device", giving users a "prominent" notice when the Express Settings turns DNT on, Sinclair claimed.
The custom set-up option will allow users to independently turn a number of settings on or off, including the setting for the DNT signal.
It will also present users with a 'Learn More' link containing more detailed information about each recommendation.
The company confirmed IE10 will contain a DNT option earlier in the year when it revealed the Windows 8 release date, but did not disclose how it would work.
"In conjunction with the release of the Release Preview of Windows 8 in late May, we announced that we would be turning 'on' a DNT signal as part of the default configuration for IE10," wrote Sinclair.
"Since then, we have conducted additional consumer research that confirmed strong support for our 'consumer-privacy-first' approach to DNT. We have also discussed our point of view with many interested parties, who want to learn more about how our customers will first experience and control the DNT setting in IE."
Microsoft's announcement follows on from widespread concerns regarding competitor Google's privacy policies. The search giant was forced to revisit its initial objections to DNT and in the face of user complaints promised to incorporate it in to its Chrome browser by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Google has faced a number of privacy investigations into its services including Street View, YouTube and Gmail.
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