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Re: Evolving Notice and Consensus for W3 to consider OECD Input

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:48:17 +0200
To: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Cc: Mark Lizar <mark@smartspecies.com>, public-privacy@w3.org
Message-Id: <201010200048.18001.rigo@w3.org>

trouble is: If we keep out, we have to swallow whatever people bake out that 
are considerably less technically savvy than people I've seen so far 
discussing here. Hands off will just bring you unrealistic expectations from 
the regulators transformed into unusable laws. The OECD Guidelines are a 
beacon in the privacy sphere. All the principle that you're regularly smacked 
with come from there: data minimization, finality etc. The EU Directive is an 
implementation of the OECD Guidelines. But in 1980, they weren't not really 
able to predict the development of the Internet. So there needs to be some 

So it might be nice to engage in the rather high level discussions and figure 
out, which of the high level requirements causes the most pain for 
implementations of web apps, device apis and the like... This will allow us to 
set expectations of what is achievable and not end up with a set of rules that 
is unrealistic, tortures technologists and doesn't really help consumers.

Maybe think about it again. But I can understand your reluctance...



On Tuesday 19 October 2010 23:28:50 David Singer wrote:
> I think your thoughts are good, but I also think that the W3C's mind is a
> long way from being clear enough to make recommendations to governmental
> or other powerful bodies.  And I think 'advocating regulation' to these is
> dangerous.  One never knows what will, in fact, emerge from a political
> process.
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