Microsoft says yes to encrypted DNS requests

Posted on Thursday, Nov 21 2019 @ 12:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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In a new blog post, Microsoft confirmed that it's in favor of supporting encrypted DNS requests on Windows. Over the past decade, a lot of of the web has moved towards encrypted communication but DNS is still one of the things that remains plain-text. A push is going on to change this, but it's facing opposition from Internet service providers.
But Microsoft is being careful about how it deploys this compatibility given the current political fight over DoH being waged by Internet service providers concerned that they'll lose a lucrative source of customer behavior data.

ISPs give a number of reasons for their opposition to DoH. Since it prevents them from viewing plain-text DNS requests, it prevents filtering and blocking of some content—including, in the United Kingdom, the enforcement of content-filtering requirements placed on them by UK law. Because of its adoption of DoH as part of the Firefox Web browser, the UK's Internet Services Providers Association named Mozilla an "Internet Villain."
Full details at ARS Technica.


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