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The Privacy icon is displayed in the status bar in Microsoft Internet Explorer or in Windows Internet Explorer when you use the Back command to navigate back to Web sites in your navigation history, but nothing happens when you double-click the Privacy icon. Cookies may or may not have been saved on your computer.
This behavior can occur if you use the Back command to navigate back from a Web site on which cookies were restricted to a previously visited "file://" resource (for example, "C:\" or "\\server\share") or to an XML file, and then back to previously visited Web sites on which cookies may or may not have been restricted.
To work around this issue, quit and restart Internet Explorer.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.