European Commission has New Ally in 'Cookie wars' - Page 2
This means that if Microsoft does not change its mind, or if the W3C do not back down, Microsoft would not be able to claim it supports the standard.
Do Not Track is a browser feature that signals whether a user wants online advertisers and websites to track his or her movements. All five major browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari — can send a DNT signal
Congress and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also waded in on IE10 and Do Not Track as the W3C met last week to continue hammering out the standard. The House privacy caucus, said that "We believe that browsers which default to Do Not Track provide consumers with better control and choice with respect to their personal information, we call on W3C participants to make the protection of consumer privacy a priority and support Microsoft's announcement by endorsing a default Do Not Track setting."
This solution is reminiscent of the deal the EU struck with Microsoft in 2009 that required the U.S. developer to show a browser ballot dialog box in Windows to offer Europeans multiple alternatives to IE. Microsoft must include the ballot in Windows 8 when it launches this autumn to give users in the EU a chance to download and install browsers other than IE10.
The European Commission's urging of a first-run DNT prompt could signal that it takes the privacy setting as seriously as browser competition, and that it may push aggressively for the choice dialog.