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Re: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code

From: Peter Cranstone <peter.cranstone@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:22:54 -0600
To: Kevin Smith <kevsmith@adobe.com>, "ifette@google.com" <ifette@google.com>
CC: W3 Tracking <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CBFE6E4F.32C9%peter.cranstone@gmail.com>
Well it should be interesting to see what happens.

We've now added a time section to our DNT compliance test:
http://www.5o9mm.com/mod_dnt_test_1.php

It's about a millisecond to complete the analysis – so you can do the math
on a site that gets millions of hits a day. Plus add in the 400 error you're
going to send back to the user if they have a non compliant browser.

If you want to kill ad revenue this sure is the way to go about it. Sorry we
see you're using MSIE 10, it's non compliant so go get another browser and
please come back when you know how to set up DNT correctly.

Again – you win the battle and lose the war. Plus the Ad guys are really
pissed (or should be).


Peter
___________________________________
Peter J. Cranstone
720.663.1752


From:  Kevin Smith <kevsmith@adobe.com>
Date:  Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:16 PM
To:  Peter Cranstone <peter.cranstone@gmail.com>, "ifette@google.com"
<ifette@google.com>
Cc:  W3 Tracking <public-tracking@w3.org>
Subject:  RE: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code

> That is exactly the point of this discussion.  You are in compliance with the
> spec if the spec dictates that a UA is non-compliant if they set DNT on by
> default and that you need not comply with a non-compliant UA.
>  
> Browser wars are unfortunate, but they have been a reality of the web since
> the beginning.  This is why standards exist and the way standards are
> effective is that wide scale adoption of a standard applies pressure to those
> non-compliant to become compliant – especially in cases where non-standard
> behavior is not supported by websites.
>  
>  
> 
> Kevin Smith  |  Engineering Manager  |  Adobe  |  385.221.1288 |
> kevsmith@adobe.com
>  
> 
> From: Peter Cranstone [mailto:peter.cranstone@gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:59 PM
> To: Kevin Smith; ifette@google.com
> Cc: W3 Tracking
> Subject: Re: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code
>  
> 
> Then you're not complying with the spec to honor a DNT header if your server
> supports it.
> 
>  
> 
> The spec does NOT distinguish between a default setting made by the OEM and a
> setting made by the user. Ergo you cannot distinguish either case on the
> server. There should be no case where a browser that supports DNT is ever
> rejected because you accused the OEM of making a setting vs. the user.
> 
>  
> 
> It will be a PR nightmare. Can you imagine the user saying – heck the Web site
> rejected me because I was asking for privacy and it doesn't like the browser
> I'm using. Yep, I can just see all the Tier 1 Web sites adopting that
> approach.
> 
>  
> 
> 
> Peter
> ___________________________________
> Peter J. Cranstone
> 720.663.1752
> 
>  
> 
> From: Kevin Smith <kevsmith@adobe.com>
> Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:55 PM
> To: Peter Cranstone <peter.cranstone@gmail.com>, "ifette@google.com"
> <ifette@google.com>
> Cc: W3 Tracking <public-tracking@w3.org>
> Subject: RE: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code
> 
>  
>> 
>> No, you alert the user that you do not support the DNT setting from their
>> browser and recommend that they change browsers if they would like to view
>> your site in a DNT supported fashion.  I still get ‘supported browser’
>> messages all the time.  It’s a concept nearly as old as the web.
>>  
>> 
>> Kevin Smith  |  Engineering Manager  |  Adobe  |  385.221.1288 |
>> kevsmith@adobe.com
>>  
>> 
>> From: Peter Cranstone [mailto:peter.cranstone@gmail.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:35 AM
>> To: ifette@google.com
>> Cc: W3 Tracking
>> Subject: Re: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code
>>  
>> 
>> Ian,
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> It's the why that's important.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> So riddle me this. You're a DNT compliant server. If you see the DNT flag set
>> to 1 on the inbound request you honor it. However if all of a sudden you see
>> MSIE 10 UA's what do you do? Reject it because you don't like the fact that
>> MSIE set is as the default?
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> You see – Microsoft has won the war. If you say you honor it, then you MUST
>> accept their header. And if you don't honor DNT then it doesn't matter. The
>> spec just got played.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> 
>> Peter
>> ___________________________________
>> Peter J. Cranstone
>> 720.663.1752
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From: "Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ)" <ifette@google.com>
>> Reply-To: <ifette@google.com>
>> Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:30 AM
>> To: Peter Cranstone <peter.cranstone@gmail.com>
>> Cc: W3 Tracking <public-tracking@w3.org>
>> Subject: Re: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code
>> 
>>  
>>> Peter, all of DNT requires resources.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> I don't get where you say there are legal consequences. If you tell the user
>>> "I'm not honoring your DNT request because <X>" and you're clear about your
>>> practices then you're not breaking any promises.
>>> 
>>> On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM, Peter Cranstone <peter.cranstone@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Ian,
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> This is a case of win the battle on the forum but lose the war in the real
>>> world. It doesn't matter if it's neither hard or complex. The point is that
>>> it has to be done, tested and then updated and maintained. That requires
>>> resources – not something that everyone can afford to do.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> Secondly, lets flog the dead horse one more time on "who set the DNT flag".
>>> If I have to write code that cannot guarantee 100% accuracy when it comes to
>>> this privacy setting AND there are legal consequences of me getting said
>>> code wrong (i.e. fines or pissed off customers) then I'm not going to do it.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> We all know that per the spec that MSIE is not compliant because it sets the
>>> flag by default. But what admin in his right mind is going to reject it? If
>>> the server is DNT compliant then there is NO downside to MSIE setting the
>>> default.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> We're back to stupid browser wars again and pissing off the customer. Not a
>>> good thing.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Peter
>>> ___________________________________
>>> Peter J. Cranstone
>>> 720.663.1752 <tel:720.663.1752>
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> From: "Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ)" <ifette@google.com>
>>> Reply-To: <ifette@google.com>
>>> Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:22 AM
>>> To: Peter Cranstone <peter.cranstone@gmail.com>
>>> Cc: W3 Tracking <public-tracking@w3.org>
>>> Subject: Re: The Rubber meets the Road - DNT compliance code
>>> 
>>>  
>>>> Many websites already do this -- "serve this JS to this user agent". It is
>>>> neither complex nor hard.
>>>> 
>>>> On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM, Peter Cranstone
>>>> <peter.cranstone@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> All,
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> There's a lot of questions around a non-compliant UA sending a DNT header.
>>>> There's still no definition on the forum or the spec on what constitutes a
>>>> non compliant UA, or even who is going to maintain a "blacklist" of those
>>>> non-compliant UA's. Finally there's no description of a message that should
>>>> be sent back to the consumer indicating that he's using a non-compliant UA.
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> So I'm posting a link today of what something might look like running on a
>>>> server. The reason this is in PHP is because there are lot of servers (in
>>>> the 10's of millions) that cannot suddenly start adding server side modules
>>>> that do the detection. So it will all have to be done via a script.
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> Think about this for a moment. In the real world server side admins are
>>>> going to have to add code to EVERY CGI script to do this. The performance
>>>> hit is going to be HUGE.
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> Here's the link: http://www.5o9mm.com/mod_dnt_test_1.php
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> We've blacklisted the following browsers:
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> HTTP_DNT_BLACKLISTED_USER_AGENT_1 = Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0;
>>>> Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0)
>>>> 
>>>> HTTP_DNT_BLACKLISTED_USER_AGENT_2 = Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0;
>>>> Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0)
>>>> 
>>>> HTTP_DNT_BLACKLISTED_USER_AGENT_3 = Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0;
>>>> Windows NT 6.0; Trident/5.0)
>>>> 
>>>> HTTP_DNT_BLACKLISTED_USER_AGENT_4 = Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0;
>>>> Windows NT 6.0; Trident/5.0)
>>>> 
>>>> HTTP_DNT_BLACKLISTED_USER_AGENT_5 = Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:8.0.1)
>>>> Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0.1
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> So every time someone hits the Web site we have to run a check. The request
>>>> time for this check on our server is:
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> REQUEST_TIME = 1339597469
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> For that single page. Now multiply that by every page on your Web site that
>>>> is scripted. Ouch.
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> Now here's where it gets really interesting. Let's say that I'm on the
>>>> blacklist. What does the server do? By rights it should abort the entire
>>>> request and send a 400 invalid request response back to the user.
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> So what the heck does the user do now?
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> If this spec is going to be Trusted and used it has to work in the real
>>>> world which is NOT 100% technical. They turn it on (or have it turned on
>>>> for them) and they expect magic. They don't expect to be told that there
>>>> browser is non-compliant and they can either go get another one or get
>>>> tracked.
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Peter
>>>> ___________________________________
>>>> Peter J. Cranstone
>>>> 720.663.1752 <tel:720.663.1752>
>>>>  
>>>  
Received on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 22:23:34 UTC

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