By Adam Thierer, Berin Szoka, & Adam Marcus
As noted in the first installment of our "Privacy Solution Series," we are outlining various user-empowerment or user "self-help" tools that allow Internet users to better protect their privacy online-and especially to defeat tracking for online behavioral advertising purposes. These tools and methods form an important part of a layered approach that we believe offers an effective alternative to government-mandated regulation of online privacy.
In some of the upcoming installments we will be exploring the privacy controls embedded in the major web browsers consumers use today: Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) 8, the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox 3, Google's Chrome 1.0, and Apple's Safari 4. In evaluating these browsers, we will examine two types of privacy features:
(1) basic cookie management controls; and,
(2) advanced private browsing features;