Apple's Safari sports 'do-not-track' in dev build
The latest version of Apple's Safari browser has been found to contain tools that let users block tracking from third parties. The new feature is part of an unreleased developer build headed to the next version of the Mac OS.
Apple is the latest in a series of Web browser makers to add a new privacy feature that keeps online advertising networks and other tracking tools from monitoring user activity.
Do-not-track is technology that allows users to opt out of being tracked by third parties in a similar fashion to the do-not-call lists for telephones. The movement accelerated following
Meanwhile, Google, which makes the Chrome browser,in January that users are required to download and install as an add-on.
Lion is currently on its second developer preview and requires that developers and users who are testing the software stay tight-lipped under a non-disclosure agreement. Apple is expected to unveil a price, release date, and more details about the software at its Worldwide Developers Conference.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the do-not-track feature would make it to the current Mac OS X, or if it would be available to Safari users on Microsoft's Windows platform.