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Microsoft to keep privacy protection

Microsoft is sticking with a decision to make it harder to track users’ online behavior, earning plaudits from privacy groups but drawing fire from the advertisers that its money-losing Web unit needs most.

Despite months of criticism that the new tools cut off valuable customer-targeting information, Microsoft has no plans to change the automatic setting in its newest Internet Explorer browser that tells websites not to track user behavior, general counsel Brad Smith said.

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