WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus and senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after Microsoft announced that the new Internet Explorer 10 browser will have the default setting to 'Do Not Track'.

"Microsoft is taking an important first step towards greater privacy protections for consumers by making ŒDo Not Track¹ the default for its new browser. It is my hope that Microsoft and other companies will go further in the future, so that Do Not Track also means ³Do Not Collect, giving consumers the ability to say no to both targeted advertising and collection of their personal data."