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Re: TPAC breakout session - Is user agent Fingerprinting a lost cause?

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:53 -0700
Message-id: <8BA70BFD-1E4B-4FE0-97A0-13BDF3A3B053@apple.com>
To: public-privacy@w3.org
I would like to think that fingerprinting is un-needed.  One of the reasons I like the DNT approach is that it is, ideally, consensus-based on both sides. The alternative is the mutually hostile measure-counter-measure, at the end of which, no-one wins.

* if we block cookies, the sites find other ways to 'tag' us -- like fingerprints. So then we try to reduce the fingerprint surface. And so on.
* if we block 'known trackers', probably by host address, then the sites would probably start cycling their DNS, or masquerading under the name of a legitimate non-tracking entity (e.g. the first party), and so on.

If a site wants to 'tag' me, I want it consensual and evident; cookies are much more evident than a fingerprint I cannot see.

So, reacting to the thread title:  what was the 'cause' that fingerprint was on, that might now be 'lost'?

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 18:01:32 UTC

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