FCC refuses to force websites to honor Do Not Track requests
The FCC has dismissed a petition filed by California nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, asking the commission to require “edge providers” to honor Do Not Track requests. The group named Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix and LinkedIn as examples of edge providers, which means it wants these websites to allow people to use their services without giving them their data in exchange. See, even if you enable your browser’s Do Not Track option to opt out of third-party tracking by advertisers and the like, websites can choose not to honor it. If the petition passed, it would have changed that.