What is “Do Not Track”?

From donottrack.us:

Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms. At present few of these third parties offer a reliable tracking opt out, and tools for blocking them are neither user-friendly nor comprehensive. Much like the popular Do Not Call registry, Do Not Track provides users with a single, simple, persistent choice to opt out of third-party web tracking.

(Text from donottrack.us used under their Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.)

Hermit supports Do Not Track

Hermit itself does not track you in the first place (except for crash reporting, as detailed in our privacy policy.)

In addition, Hermit can also request all the Web sites that you visit, asking THEM not to track you as well. This gives you even stronger protection against user tracking and helps maintain privacy.

Adoption

Do Not Track is a relatively new Web standard, and many sites are continuing to build support for it. Here is a partial list of sites that support Do Not Track.

For example, Twitter has made a commitment to honor Do Not Track:

As always, we are committed to providing you with simple and meaningful choices about the information we collect to improve your Twitter experience. For those who don’t want to tailor Twitter, we offer ways to turn off this collection. As the Federal Trade Commission’s CTO, Ed Felten, mentioned earlier today, we support Do Not Track (DNT), which is reflected in our privacy policy as one of the ways you can indicate your preference. If you have DNT enabled in your browser settings, we will not collect the information that enables this feature, so you won’t see any tailored suggestions. We hope that our support of DNT highlights its importance as a privacy tool for consumers and creates even more interest and wider adoption across the web.