The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has accepted Microsoft's 'do not track' web browser mechanism which allows users to protect their privacy from snooping websites.
The W3C said in a post that it had accepted Microsoft's member submission on the internet standard that could help protect a user's privacy online.
The web consortium is expected to formally announce the 'Do Not Track User Preference' in March. The announcement will be followed by a two-day long workshop from April 28th at Princeton University to determine whether the W3C should do further work in this area.
The Tracking Protection tool, which will debut with Internet Explorer 9, will allow users to prevent certain websites from planting a small code that could be used to track a user's web activity and browsing patterns.
“The W3C’s involvement provides the best forum possible for that technology discussion. Just as the community has worked together at the W3C on interoperable HTML5, we can now work together on an interoperable (or universal, to use the FTC privacy report’s term) way to help protect consumers’ privacy,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
"We look forward to working with the community through the W3C on a common standard for Internet Privacy. It will help consumers who use browsers that support it," Dean Hachamovitch the Corporate Vice President of Internet Explorer declared.