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

From: Hannes Tschofenig <hannes.tschofenig@gmx.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:58:01 +0300
Cc: Hannes Tschofenig <hannes.tschofenig@gmx.net>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>, "public-privacy (W3C mailing list)" <public-privacy@w3.org>
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To: Richard Barnes <richard.barnes@gmail.com>
Hi Richard, Hi David, 

I also believe that sounds quite reasonable to me. 

If you consider that many folks use some form of content management framework or blog and I doubt that they really understand what is going on under the hood. You have to know the technology in a fair level of detail to understand what the implications of each and every plugin is (not mentioning that they get updated regularly or even reference JavaScript code hosted on some other site).

Once you use certain tools (e.g., analytics tools, and other forms of plugins) it is obviously difficult to switch to turn them off and use something else because you may need a fair amount of time to re-organize your site. 

Ciao
Hannes

On Aug 18, 2011, at 2:46 PM, Richard Barnes wrote:

> 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
> tracking
> 
> 
> 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.
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
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