I disagree with your statement because European privacy laws are far more stronger than American laws so IE 9 can not violate those laws. I don't see any software difference between IE 9 downloaded to European customers and American customers so the safeguards should be there. Microsoft is already on probation for other E.U. violations so they have to be very careful and stay within the bounds of E.U. law for any version of IE 9 downloaded onto a European IP address.
If you have Windows 7 then an upgrade to IE 9 is in order.
Current browser development IE9/Chrome/Firefox has headed down the path digital distribution has taken.
That is LESS control and more "hidden" features to benefit marketing profiles and place tracking software on ones system. Privacy and cookies have now been bypassed to make users "feel" better, while unknown to them Flash and HTML5 are now using ones system freely in the background, unaffected by the feel good privacy features on the newer browsers. Very few users understand that the newer versions of Adobe Flash install torrenting p2p clients on their systems that are beyond a normal users control.... Simply having a Tabbed webpage(s) can subject ones system to p2p "forwarding" and crosslinked realtime "phone home" marketing.
Many users I help with browser releated issues are APPALLED when I show them they are p2p sharing flash videos or have large stables of HTML5 marketing software tracking them (much of it totally cloaked).... when they thought their browser was privacy tight and cookies were "controlled" or deleted on session.
I find that waiting and reading up (before upgrading) is often preferred.
Only after a given browsers behavior is well known and its "hidden features" understood, do I move forward with my browser version(s).
Microsoft, Mozilla and Google all attempt to play up the latest and greatest features of their new browsers, their "privacy" and "control"... while at the same time shilling out to the marketing companies by giving them even MORE ways to invade our systems, then laughing all the way to the bank with the money those companies give them for that access.
The sums made off of browser use, are now in the HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars -per year-
Anyone who thinks its not a wild west free for all about their personal browser use, when it comes to the "newer" browser versions, is completely mistaken.
Users need to think carefully about the current "something great" that costs you "nothing", as everyone knows (or should) thats just not the case.
The time -is- coming for upgrading, but I do not personally think that time has come -yet-
Marketing and making money aside, one need only review these forums to see that the "exploits" in the current browers are effecting users hardware and causing issues far beyond simply viewing webpages.
While I certainly agree that European privacy laws are far stronger, that does not prevent actions to which YOU agreed too... no matter if you misunderstood what that agreement really ment.
Try a test?
go here http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager09.html
Were you aware that by sinply installing Flash, you agreed to allow a p2p client to be installed and used in your browser? even if that browser was closed? Using your bandwith without you even knowing?
If your panel (shown below) does not look -exactly- like mine, then you either have cloaked p2p entries or the listed ones active. And make no mistake, you can check the box to "disable" p2p... but control over that setting is sold. It will become active again and soon as "called", no matter what you check.
Check all the panels out, set them up as preferred...
Then check back in 3-4 days. You will find checking "disable" and "never allow" have been changed, and you are now packing Flash cookies, metadata collection models and serving up p2p content off your own connection. Many of these are completely transparent to the user (cloaked), while others more honest "sometimes" are listed.
Flash is uneffected by Browser privacy settings -by design-
This was what I was pointing out. Things that people "think" they know about privacy, what is really running, what types of data is collected and what is going on with the bandwith a user pays for......
They really dont.
And if you thought this Flash stuff was bad.....
HTML5 is the new darling of the web, because so much can be placed (-and- extracted) into and out of a users computer that is even more transparent than flash... its really quite scary what these profile data collectors/marketers are planing on using this new medium for. Google up the stocks of these new companies designing HTML5 tech for data collection. THAT kind of money does not float around, unless there is MONEY to be made.... off the user and his data
A great example for noobies... go here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/
Use Network Monitoring software installed on your computer to monitor your Network Stack for incoming and outgoing connections, and you will see over 30 different datasets sent from your PC containing HWID and cross linked to your Twitter and Facbook accounts..Etc,Etc,Etc
*Watching the data outflow... can make a beliver out of anyone who understands the tech and what data is being sent.
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