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Feb062009

IE8 Suggested Sites & Privacy Explained

Under the hood, Suggested Sites feature of Internet Explorer 8 (download) is a system that provides suggestions by using a collection of users’ visited sites. Respecting user privacy and giving the user control over the data provided has been part of the design philosophy of Suggested Sites since the beginning. 

  • Suggested Sites is off by default and requires user opt-in to the experience through the first-run settings wizard or through the tools menu.
  • Does not record or send any browsing activity during InPrivate browsing sessions.
  • Respects history settings: If user deletes the history, these deleted entries are not uploaded to the server.  Also, suggestions are not displayed for these deleted entries.

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