Dataprotection settings on Internet Explorer 6.0

Commercial webservers often use Cookies, to create user profiles. That's why we recommend to deactivate Cookies in your Browser. Unfortunately, many websites can't be used without Cookies. Partly because the providers of those websites don't want to lose that simple profiling tool.
The Internet Explorer 6.0 provides more extensive settings to manage the Cookies than just turning them off.

For a simple dataprotection configuration you have the option to import the dataprotection settings as file.
Our configurationfile will make your browser accept Cookies just for the current session. Hence, if you visit the homepage once again you will not be recognized.
These settings will prevent Cookies from being saved on your harddisk but since Cookies are accept for a short time, you can still access these websites normally.

Installing the Dataprotection-Configurationfile

  1. Download the file
    • ie_privacy_file.xml (please click at it with the right mouse button and choose "Save link as ...")
  2. Import it
    1. In the Internet Explorer select menu item "Extras/Internetoptions".
    2. Go to the "Dataprotection" register.
    3. Click on "Import...".
    4. Select the downloaded file "ie_privacy_file.xml" and click on "open".
  3. The Internet Explorer will confirm the successful import with a message like "Dataprotectionsettingfile was successful imported".

Hint: To permit saving of Cookies for some trusted websites, you can enter these websites at the dataprotection settings. If you select "Edit", you can add these trusted sites.

Why aren't the builtin capabilities good enough to configure IE?

The decision to accept or reject a Cookie in Internet Explorer 6.0 is based on what the cookie setting party does with the collected data. Or more precisely, what they declare to do with the data.
This declaration is made in a machine readable Privacy-Policy (following the P3P-standard). That policy is downloaded from the respective website and compared to the users's preferences.
Unfortunately this preferences can only be set quite coarsely with the Internet Explorer. There is only a ruler with these positions:
  • Accept all Cookies.
  • 4 levels from "high security" to "low security"
  • Reject all Cookies.
One might assume that Cookies from advertising companies are blocked on level "high security" - but it isn't so.

The Cookies of one of the most known web advertisers are still accepted without acknowledgement. The reason is simple. For the decision to accept a cookie it is most relevant whether a provider collects personal data, like name, address etc. , or not. Advertisers claim to collect data strictly in referece to a pseudonym and not to a real person. Anyway, users will be recognized whenever they visit a site that belongs to the advertisers customers.

A excerpt of user information collected by the above mentioned advertiser:

  • Information about your financial situation (account balance, behavior to pay bills),
  • membership of parties, clubs, religious groups, unions,
  • information regarding mentally and physically health, sexual likings, buying products of public health.

In the Internet Explorer you can view the P3P-Policy of a website in plain text if that website has a P3P-Policy. Just select menu item "View/Dataprotectionreport...".



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