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Re: UK commissioner has privacy suggestions, and supercookies in use

From: Richard Barnes <richard.barnes@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:46:56 -0400
Message-ID: <CACB24Mvx1r=MbmH6NCXFQmALv3BJ9HHqP6ON737PHT8z3F6=1w@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Cc: "public-privacy (W3C mailing list)" <public-privacy@w3.org>
It's not all that implausible that the sites didn't know what was
going on, for some definition of "the sites".  At least a couple of
scenarios come to mind:
1. Ad company's instructions say "paste this code into your site", and
a developer does it without investigating thoroughly
2. Management asks developers to implement features that require
tracking (e.g., persistent sign-on), and developers add the required

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 4:07 AM, David Singer <singer@apple.com> wrote:
> the suggestions story: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14557364>
> and supercookies: <http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_18704381?source=rss>
> contains the apparently surprising statement;  "Many of the companies say they didn't know they were using the new techniques and stopped after the researchers contacted them."
> They didn't know what techniques they were using?
> David Singer
> Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Thursday, 18 August 2011 11:47:33 UTC

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