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Setting Privacy Options

When you use Windows Media Player to play content from an Internet site, the program communicates certain information to the site, including the unique ID number of your copy of Windows Media Player. This allows content providers to track the media you play, and they might share this data with other sites. So, although the Player ID does not identify you personally, it might result in sites sending you targeted ads based on your media choices. If you do not want such an invasion of privacy, you can instruct Windows Media Player not to send the Player ID:

1.
In the Options dialog box, display the Privacy tab.

2.
Deactivate the Send Unique Player ID to Content Providers check box.

Caution

Remember that some content sites require the Player ID before you can play any media. For example, a site might request the ID for billing purposes. In that case, you should read the site’s privacy statement to see what uses it makes of the ID.

3.
Deactivate the Save File and URL History in the Player check box if you don’t want other people who use your computer to see the media files and sites that you play and visit.

4.
Click OK.


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