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Microsoft yesterday announced that some new privacy tools are going to added to the Internet Explorer 8 (beta 2).

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The Private Browsing mode when enabled, IE8 will not save browsing and searching history, cookies, form data and passwords; it also will automatically clear the browser cache at the end of the session.

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Other new tools will include "InPrivate Blocking" and "InPrivate Subscription," which notifies users of third-party content that can track browsing history and subscribe to lists of sites to block, respectively. Microsoft will also tweak its existing "Delete Browsing History" by adding an option to preserve bookmarked sites’ cookies even when all others are erased.

Apple’s browser Safari already has this feature but is limited to not save browsing and searching history, cookies, form data and passwords and clearing the browser cache at the end of the session. (NO "InPrivate Blocking" and "InPrivate Subscription")

Mozilla were going put this feature in their browser Firefox 3.0 which went final in mid-June, but the feature was pulled as the browser made its run toward completion. Firefox 3.1 most probably will have the "private browsing" which is how they are describing the privacy  tools they are planning on adding to Firefox.

 

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This this one word Google has cools the controversy going on in California, the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003, which requires the operator of a commercial Web site that collects personal information to link to its privacy policy from its home page.

Google earlier said that the users can get to know about the privacy via “About Google” or by searching for “Google privacy policy”. After the issue buzzed about the blogosphere, four privacy groups wrote Google urging to add the link.

At last Google added the link. In official Google Blog Marissa Mayer, the Google vice president, said that Google’s two founders told her the word privacy could only be added to the home page if another word was deleted, leaving the page at 28 words. So the copyright notice at the bottom of the page was changed from “© 2008 Google” to “© 2008 – Privacy.”

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Google Privacy Center looke pretty neat too with privacy practices specific to certain products or services and videos. Do check it out.


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