Netscape and Netscape have finally found something they agree on: Internet privacy. Microsoft today announced their support for the Open Profiling Standard (OPS), a standard for creating personalized information that Netscape submitted to the W3C two weeks ago. OPS uses Internet security mechanisms such as vCard and digital certificates to allow users to control the information in their profiles that is shared with others over the Net. Microsoft hopes this standard sends a message to federal regulators: butt out.

"Through the standards body, clearly, we can govern ourselves," said David Fester, product manager for Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Fester is promising OPS support in Internet Explorer "soon." For more details about the OPS specification, check out the OPS Resource Center