Privacy and Internet Explorer 8

August 26, 2008

This morning Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans was tickled to read Microsoft’s description of the inner-workings of the new privacy tools included in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).  Privacy is an important issue for everyone, including most web surfers, and the new privacy features of IE8 are needed improvements over IE7’s privacy features.  Choice is a wonderful liberty in a free, capitalistic society and Onsite believes all users should have a choice of privacy while browsing the Web. 

From the IEBlog, “Privacy has two aspects: disclosure and choice. Disclosure means informing users in plain language about the data collected about them and how it’s used. Choice means putting users in control of their data and giving them tools to protect it.”  In the humble opinion of Onsite, disclosure implies transparency and is an important issue for informed consumers. 

Some may contend IE8’s privacy features are a natural progression in the user privacy awareness and management of IE6 and IE7.  Each successive release of IE improves on the choice of what to do with data from IE use.  IE8 provides tools for improved privacy management and yields more choices for users regarding control of their browsing data.  Remember, the freedom to choose is the issue.

If “third-party” content on websites is gathering data about a Web user’s activities to improve the user’s Web experience, than why not inform the user?  The thought of “third-party” content that can gather ANY data from my use of a browser, without my knowledge or approval, is not a comforting thought.  Who knows what is collected and how it’s used?  Shouldn’t users be given an informed choice?  IE8’s tools are an improvement in addressing these concerns.

No one can please everyone, and Microsoft can’t please every Internet user.  For those users who find problems with IE8, Onsite advises choosing another browser.  Remember, in a free, capitalistic society it is a wonderful thing to have the liberty to choose.  Imagine if everyone was FORCED to use the same browser?  Competition in our society provides choice, and the freedom to choose informed control of our privacy is a reasonable liberty.  Consider the freedom to control one’s privacy in China

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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