Although its main task was to protect users from surveillance from the web sites, the technology could be used by cyber criminals for the same surveillance.

Setting Do Not Track in the browser “said” advertisers not to track user activity on the Internet, however, web sites have learned to successfully ignore it. Moreover, the very presence of the settings in the browser itself helped them create a user profile for digital prints.

In view of the foregoing, Apple decided to remove support for Do Not Track Safari from version 12.1 that is built into future iOS 12.2 and MacOS 10.14.4. According to an accompanying note to the new version of the browser, “removed support for legacy standard Do Not Track to prevent its possible use as a parameter to create digital prints.”

When creating digital prints to create a user profile analyzes the functionality and settings of his browser, and the more, the clearer the picture emerges. Therefore browser vendors are struggling to make it too difficult for web sites the process of profiling users.

Mozilla, Google and Microsoft have not yet reported, will they continue to use the technology of Do Not Track in their browsers.

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