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Re: "cross-site"

From: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:59:34 -0800
Message-Id: <144506D4-7F52-478E-8241-03C1662C0076@consumerwatchdog.org>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>, "public-tracking@w3.org WG (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Perhaps I am missing something, but I don't understand why we need the reference to "cross-site" nor to "across sites."  As a user I want to send a clear and unambiguous signal that I do not wish to be tracked.  I may be persuaded that first party sites and third party sites have different obligations when my message is received, but I definitely want both first and third party sites to get my message. Thus, I believe the specification should simply read:

"This specification defines the technical mechanisms for expressing a tracking preference via the DNT request header field in HTTP."

73s,
John



On Nov 15, 2011, at 11:21 AM, Mark Nottingham wrote:

> 
> On 14/11/2011, at 6:26 PM, Karl Dubost wrote:
> 
>> Old:
>>   This specification defines the technical mechanisms
>>   for expressing a cross-site tracking preference via
>>   the DNT request header field in HTTP…
>> 
>> New:
>>   This specification defines the technical mechanisms
>>   for expressing a tracking preference across sites
>>   via the DNT request header field in HTTP
> 
> The subject of the constraint here is still *sites*, not transfer of data between parties. 
> 
> Perhaps something like:
> 
> This specification defines the technical mechanisms for
> expressing a preference regarding transfer of tracking data
> between parties via the DNT request header field in HTTP
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> --
> Mark Nottingham
> http://www.mnot.net/
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 

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