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Re: Suggestion for sensitive online content

From: François Légaré <flegare@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:48:02 -0400
Message-ID: <CAGhQHrgrVfqr7mEyxVzR_FfWv=R08KpN_sCVq5UjXvVPsrFFCQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Cc: public-privacy@w3.org
Hi David,

Any reason the context awareness was not retained or didn't lead to change
in the browser interpretation?



On Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 1:21 PM, David Singer <singer@apple.com> wrote:

> Hi
> I think this is an interesting idea.  We’ve discussed improving ‘private
> browsing mode’ here before, and indeed part of that is, of course, to
> improve anonymity. Part of what I suggested was respecting ‘context’ (a
> large part of privacy in real life), and indeed one example I think I
> raised was the analogy of meeting your therapist at a party: you both know
> who the other is, but you also know that you’ll probably pretend not to,
> etc.
> Having the web-site suggest that interactions with it might appropriately
> be ‘sandboxed’ in this way, and treated as forming a separate private
> browsing session and context, is an interesting idea.
> I think this also points out ways in which the relationship between sites
> nd users need not always be hostile :-(.  In this case, the site is
> suggesting to the UA ways to handle the privacy of the interaction
> appropriately, and so forming a cooperative relationship with the user.
> Thank you.
> > On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:42 , François Légaré <flegare@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi
> >
> > I work for a big telecom company in Canada that currently give various
> sponsorship for mental health organisations. Part of the sponsorship is
> making sites and mobile applications to help individual get online help and
> access information and resources that are often sensible.
> >
> > One example is  http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/ they provide anonymous
> phone line for kids that may have issue or problem in their family. This
> lead to a sensitive problem, a kid visiting this site need to know how to
> clean browsing history since a adult seeing the browsing history might
> challenge the kids about the visit and lead to more stress or bigger
> problems. They did explain on the site header how to flush history and
> train visitor about the anonymous tab, this isn't perfect at all, because
> it really entirely on the user actions and the assumption that he read and
> understood the section.
> >
> > Since not all internet user are tech savvy and are aware of the
> anonymous tabs, so my suggestion for the W3C would be the following:
> >
> > A head meta tag that could help define sensitivity level of the online
> html content. This tag once detected by the browser could apply various
> policy to increase anonymity and reduce potential problems, ideally default
> policies would implicitly insure higher privacy for the end users.
> >
> > For instance browser that detect the meta tag could automatically go in
> "anonymous mode" and don't track browsing history, remove cached content,
> etc. This will insure a more anonymous browsing experience for such site
> for users that are less aware of the already available privacy features.
> Content rating meta tag to some extends could be used but this is a bit far
> fetch but could be less involving since tags already exist.
> >
> > Of course I'm quite sure, site with adult content would also be like
> such features but this is not really the issue I'm trying to resolve at
> this point.
> >
> > According to some of the W3C members this is a valid place to submit
> this suggestion, I hope this will be well received.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Francois
> >
> David Singer
> Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.
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