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Re: UA: demographic translations

From: Lorrie Cranor <lorrie@research.att.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 22:08:34 -0500
Cc: public-p3p-spec@w3.org
To: "Humphrey, Jack" <JHumphrey@coremetrics.com>
Message-Id: <8E43CC67-6581-11D7-87EC-000393DC889A@research.att.com>

On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 06:49  PM, Humphrey, Jack wrote:

> I just noticed that IE translates the <demographic> element as:
> Demographic and socioeconomic data, such as gender, age, and income, 
> not
> tied to an identifiable person.
> That last part ("not tied to an identifiable person") troubles me. 
> Nothing
> in P3P 1.0 indicates that is the meaning of the demographic element, 
> unless
> I'm missing something.
> I notice that the Privacy Bird and Netscape translations don't include 
> any
> phrasing like this, too.

I find that curious as well.

> Also, while I'm on the topic, data like State and Zip Code also fall 
> in the
> demographic category, but none of the translations mention them. I 
> would
> guess that collecting region information is more often as or more 
> common
> than collection gender, age, and income, so I would suggest that the
> translations include that in their translations, e.g. "such as 
> geographic
> region, gender, age, or income".

As I recall, it was a rather late decision we made to change the 
classification of state, postalcode, etc. to demographic (rather than 
physical contact). That is indicated in section but never 
updated in the category definitions. Besides taking that into 
consideration in our UA guidelines, perhaps we should mention that in 
the definition of the demographic category in section 3.4? I'll add 
that to bugzilla.

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