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Re: Behavior of user agents after granting exceptions

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:27:32 +0200
To: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org>
Cc: public-tracking@w3.org, Matthias Schunter <mts-std@schunter.org>, ifette@google.com
Message-ID: <1771967.UoCIK2dFMO@hegel.sophia.w3.org>
John, 

yes, the _change of state_ by the user is always seen as an expression of a 
preference. And this works for all 3 states. From "unset" to DNT;1;from 
DNT;1 to DNT;0 or from "unset" to DNT;0. I have discussed with Ian Fette in 
Washington, that it would be good to have a question in the startup screen 
asking for initial state. Rob said it would read like "do you want to allow 
your browser to express your consent (by the DNT mechanism)?. Ian was 
opposed to it. Others found it less problematic. 

Rob also said, that simply sending DNT;0 is not the entire story for Europe 
as there has to be "informed consent". So we have to add some non-normative 
wording to the "global considerations" document to make clear what was meant 
and what is needed for the EU. But this wouldn't affect compliance with the 
DNT Specifications and merely give a hint for the additional regulatory 
requirements in the EU.

Hope that helps

Rigo

On Saturday 14 April 2012 07:48:24 John Simpson wrote:
> I'm seeking clarification here. If DNT:1 were the default state, wouldn't
> turning it off or granting a user exception to a site constitute
> meaningful consent to be tracked -- receive cookies, etc. -- under the
> European approach?  
Received on Sunday, 15 April 2012 17:28:01 UTC

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