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RE: Tracking Data (was Re: [TCS] comments on 17 Feb 2015 editors draft)

From: Mike O'Neill <michael.oneill@baycloud.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:51:26 +0100
To: "'David Singer'" <singer@apple.com>, "'Mike O'Neill'" <michael.oneill@btinternet.com>
Cc: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@gbiv.com>, <public-privacy@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00e901d06bd2$eddfb670$c99f2350$@baycloud.com>
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Woops wrong list - should have been TPWG, sorry about that.

Mike

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Singer [mailto:singer@apple.com]
> Sent: 31 March 2015 17:33
> To: Mike O'Neill
> Cc: Roy T. Fielding; public-privacy@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Tracking Data (was Re: [TCS] comments on 17 Feb 2015 editors
> draft)
> 
> I think we’re off track here.
> 
> Tracking data is data that, if retained, means that the retainer has engaged in
> tracking (as defined). The existence of the data is evidence of an activity.
> 
> 
> > On Mar 31, 2015, at 8:08 , Mike O'Neill <michael.oneill@btinternet.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Roy,
> >
> > I am sure it is possible to rewrite the documents to remove references to
> “tracking data”, but I do not think this necessarily improves clarity. A developer
> needs to know what data his application should be designed to discard (or not
> collect) when DNT:1, and the answer should not be “check with your legal
> department”.
> >
> > I think clarity would be better serviced getting the definition right.
> >
> > Your amendments describe it as both “data collected while tracking” and
> “data that enables tracking”, so why not make the definition that.
> >
> > How about:
> >
> > Tracking data is any information that enables a specific user agent to be
> recognised in different contexts, or which contains the user’s personal data
> collected in other contexts.
> >
> > If we need a definition of personal data, here is a reasonable one from the
> UK’s 1998 Data Protection Act:
> >
> > “personal data” means data which relate to a living individual who can be
> identified—
> > (a)    from those data, or
> > (b)    from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is
> likely to come into the possession of, the data controller,
> > and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any indication
> of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in respect of the
> individual;
> >
> >
> > Mike
> 
> David Singer
> Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.
> 

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