Google Brings Support for DNT in Chrome (Chromium)

Finally!! After facing lots of criticism from the privacy advocates, Google has brought support for Do-Not-Track (DNT) HTTP header in the latest Chromium build. This option will land soon in the regular release channel of Chrome. As of now, Chrome is the only major browser which does not support this latest privacy feature. Currently, users should install this small Chrome extension to add DNT header with every web request. Once this new option lands in the stable build of Chrome, users will be able to enable DNT settings without any extension or tool.

Google had announced to implement support for DNT HTTP header in Chrome by the end of this year, and it seems that Chrome team is on the way to fulfill this promise. When enabled, this feature adds an extra HTTP header DNT:1 with all outgoing HTTP requests through the browser – which indicates that the user wants to opt-out of the online behavioral advertisements and tracking. At the moment, only few (just few) sites respect this indication including Twitter.com.

How to enable DNT in Chrome?

As this feature is currently under development, you need to download the latest Chromium build (version 23.0.1266.0 build 156627, or later) to test this feature. Chromium build can be easily downloaded from here (big thanks to François Beaufort for maintaining this site).

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To enable DNT in Chromium, go to the setting page of Chrome (chrome://chrome/settings/), navigate to the bottom and click on the “Show advanced settings…” link. Now, under the privacy settings, you should notice an option “Send a Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic”. Simply turn on this. To check and verify DNT setting of your browser, visit this page.

(via AllThingsD.com)