Microsoft has just released IE8 (in beta).
Included in this release is InPrivate Browsing. InPrivate Browsing allows you to cruise the internet more anonymously. Internet Explorer 8, can help you prevent tidbits about your Web surfing habits from being collected in an attempt to use that information to help decide what kinds of ads to show. The program also covers other footprints, including temporary Internet files and cookies, the small data files that Web sites put on visitors’ computers to track their activities.
Is it an invasion of privacy or of some assistance for companies to leave cookies on your computer to track your internet use?
They say that there are good cookies and bad cookies. The good cookies are the ones that help you complete forms or keep a simple memory of something that may be helpful for you. The bad cookies are the ones that you never asked for, never knew about and have no idea what they are doing. What are they doing? They are most likely collecting information about you, your internet use, and your shopping habits.
Is it really the business or is it just a business practice of companies to feel that they need to know this?
Let me state the answer simply, if I wanted someone to know my internet business and how I shop online, I’d tell them myself. I don’t need somebody leaving cookies on my computer without my consent, to spy on me.
FYI- I am a huge follower of the clear private data choice under the tools link on my Firefox toolbar.