We talked about the security vulnerability that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer experienced where the mouse position behavior issue started to heat up newswires all over the Internet, and Microsoft is quick on the double to release a statement that they are working closely with other companies in order to address the concern of mouse position movement. It seems that the underlying issue’s main concern would be competition between analytics companies instead of consumer safety or privacy.
Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer, mentioned in an email, “We are actively working to adjust this behavior in IE. There are similar capabilities available in other browsers. Analytics firms can expect to do viewpoint detection in IE similarly to how they do this in other browsers. We will update this blog with more information as it is available.”
Hmmm, what do you make of this? How come there were no alarms raised when it came to other browsers? Perhaps Internet Explorer’s failings are exposed and scrutinized more than others.