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RE: FW: Issue-95: User Setting DNT Response (Draft)

From: Shane Wiley <wileys@yahoo-inc.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:25:24 -0800
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
CC: "'<public-tracking@w3.org> (public-tracking@w3.org)'" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <63294A1959410048A33AEE161379C8023D04DC0215@SP2-EX07VS02.ds.corp.yahoo.com>
Bjoern,

I believe your question goes more to user interface design and wording within that interface.  From a principles perspective, my goal was to capture that modifying a mechanism primarily meant for direct user interaction in an automated fashion and outside of user control should be avoided except for limited situations.

- Shane

-----Original Message-----
From: Bjoern Hoehrmann [mailto:derhoermi@gmx.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:20 PM
To: Shane Wiley
Cc: '<public-tracking@w3.org> (public-tracking@w3.org)'
Subject: Re: FW: Issue-95: User Setting DNT Response (Draft)

* Shane Wiley wrote:
>Here is a draft for Issue-95 (http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/track/issues/95):
>
>"Generally, the setting and/or unsetting of a Do Not Track signal SHOULD
>only be established by a user proactively.  Intermediaries to an HTTP/S
>request SHOULD NOT attempt to modify the DNT signal in any way.  There
>are limited situations where it MAY be appropriate for an intermediary
>to modify a user's DNT settings on their behalf such as through employer
>networks or public networks (libraries, for example).  But, care should
>be taken even in these cases to limit the scope of modification as much
>as possible to decrease the possible impact to a user's web surfing
>experience as overriding DNT signals could disrupt content consumption
>through user granted site-specific exceptions.  NOTE - it is understood
>this particular compliance standard cannot be technically enforced but
>it should be clear to all web ecosystem participants what the standard
>baseline is in this matter."

So, if you use some webshop and click "No, I don't want to buy this", it
is rather unclear whether you don't actually mean "Yes, please send this
to me and I will pay for it", and we would need a specification to make
sure intermediaries don't rewrite "no" into "yes"?
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