What is tracking?

Tracking refers to the way that websites, third-party content providers, advertisers, and others learn about how you interact with sites. This might include keeping track of what pages you visit, links you click, and products you buy or review. This helps these sites offer personalized content like ads or recommendations, but it also means that your browsing activity is being collected, and often it's shared with other companies.

Use Do Not Track to help protect your privacy

When Do Not Track is turned on, Internet Explorer will send a Do Not Track request to both the sites you visit, and to the third parties whose content is hosted on those sites. The Do Not Track request lets these sites and content providers know that you prefer not to have your browsing activity tracked.


  • Sending a Do Not Track request to sites doesn't guarantee privacy protection. Sites might choose to respect the request, or they might continue to engage in activities you'd view as tracking even though you have expressed this preference. This depends on individual sites' privacy practices.

Turn off Do Not Track

Do Not Track is turned on in Internet Explorer if you chose to use express settings when setting up your PC, but you can turn it off or on at any time.

Step 1

On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

Step 3

Tap or click Privacy.

Privacy settings in Internet Explorer

Step 4

Under Do Not Track, turn Send Do Not Track requests to sites I visit in Internet Explorer to Off.

Do Not Track settings

Turn off Do Not Track from the desktop

Here's how to turn off Do Not Track when you're using Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Step 1

Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar, and then tap or click the Tools button Tools.

Step 2

Point to Safety, and then tap or click Turn off Do Not Track requests.

Do Not Track settings from the desktop

Use Tracking Protection to help protect your privacy

Tracking Protection helps prevent your browsing info being sent to third-party content providers on sites you visit by blocking content from those providers. Learn more about Tracking Protection

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