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Re: On CommentURSs ....

From: Jonathan Stark <stark@commerce.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 21:08:39 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199703260508.VAA05292@boa.commerce.net>
To: "David W. Morris" <dwm@xpasc.com>
Cc: koen@win.tue.nl, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com

Dave is 100% correct.  

If you're going to put the complexities of a cookie method in to a browser
at all, the task of adding support for a comment explaining it should be 
trivial in comparison.  And the user benefit, I believe, is very high.
Face it, popular opinion of cookies in the media and in the uninformed
of the world is that they are purely evil.  Comments will go a long way to
informing people of the truth.

Jonathan

> On Tue, 25 Mar 1997, Koen Holtman wrote:
> 
> > The same goes for the CommentURL proposal that had been floating around in
> > another thread.  I don't think servers need hard-to-implement protocol
> > extensions if they want to tell their users about their privacy policy.  Why
> > not just put a link to your privacy policy on your company home page?
> 
> Because there is no obvious way for a user to obtain the information when
> they are facing a prompt which asks if they want to accept a cookie.
> The additional problem is that you force users to figure out what the
> company home page is associated with a cookie and then to hunt around thru
> the company pages to the cookie policy page. I don't see this as placing
> any burden on servers.
> 
> It does place a burden on the UA but it also provides the UA with a crisp
> clean way to provide the user with documentation on the purpose of a
> particular cookie.
> 
> If we feel that privacy is important enough vis a vis cookies to impose 
> restrictions on cookie sharing, then we need to include a clean mechanism
> by which the user can make an informed decision.
> 
> Dave Morris
> 
Received on Tuesday, 25 March 1997 21:08:16 EST

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