I presume the defaults are really that way in order to preemptively placate the advertising industry, but I wish they were honest about that./p>
Nope. The point of the default being 0 is so that it is clear that the user set the DNT value and not the browser vendor. That way it specifies an actual user preference that advertisers will find harder to ignore.
Setting the default to 1 like IE is doing makes it no longer a preference that the user has explicitly stated and advertisers can just ignore it saying: "the user didn't specify DNT, they just happen to be using IE".
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