• Microsoft is preparing to launch a version of Internet Explorer browser that will include a feature allowing consumers to list Web sites that they do not want to track them on the Internet. The announcement follows the FTC’s proposal to create a “Do-Not-Track” rule to allow consumers to choose whether they want to be tracked as they surf the Internet. The company expects that other groups will create lists for consumers to use.
  • A putative class-action complaint filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that Google’s Toolbar software, a browser add-on that helps people use the popular search engine, tells the company every Web page a user visits. Plaintiffs have lodged claims for violation of federal anti-hacking and wiretapping laws, California consumer protection laws, and for unjust enrichment. According to the complaint, Google failed to fully disclose how much personal information Toolbar collected. The complaint also alleges that Google failed to provide a meaningful opt-out feature that would have protected customers from having their information shared. Weber, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 10-CV-05035 (ND Cal.).