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Re: ISSUE-4 and clarity regarding browser defaults

From: Kevin Kiley <kevin.kiley@3pmobile.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:35:49 +0000
To: "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>
CC: "mts-std@schunter.org" <mts-std@schunter.org>, "fielding@gbiv.com" <fielding@gbiv.com>, "rigo@w3.org" <rigo@w3.org>, Kevin Kiley <kevin.kiley@3pmobile.com>
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> matthias wrote...
>
> Hi Rigo,
> ...
> ...
> Since I believe that we all agree that a default can be an expression of
> preference (e.g., if I install a privacy-enhanced browser that is
> permitted to ship with DNT;1 as default), feel free to indicate text
> updates to clarify the text to fully communicate this agreement.

There is no other way to look at this.

> We also agreed that installing general-purpose tools (browser, OS, antivirus,
> ...) is not such  a declaration of prefefence and thus those tools must
> not ship with DNT on (e.g., DNT;1). However, they may enable DNT by
> asking their user during installation.

I'm a little confused about this part.

Are you actually now saying that a 'Browser' must, in some way, be defined
by someone ( Who? ) as a 'Privacy-Enhancing Browser' in order for its 'defaults' to
be considered 'an expression of preference'... but 'regular' (?) Browsers would
NOT 'qualify' in the same way?

Was it just a 'typo' that you mention 'Browser' in BOTH paragraphs above, or
was that with specific intent for the language to be added to the spec?

If it was intentional... then I think the 'text' of the spec should make it VERY
clear which 'Browsers' can use DNT defaults and which ones can't.

WHO will be making the decisions about which 'Browsers' qualify for
paragraph one (above) and which ones do not?

Also... regarding paragraph two (above)... to what lengths must an 'antivirus' or
'privacy protection' tool go to in order to achieve the 'accepted' 'moment of choice'?

What if a standard antivirus/protection tool simply has the following install options...

[_] Enable ALL protections
[_] Customize

If the 'Enable ALL' option simply INCLUDES setting DNT=1 as a 'default'.... does
this qualify ( as far as the TPWG is concerned ) as a valid 'User choice'... or would
the tool have to specifically mention DNT and get specific approval for that one
protection item in order to be considered 'complaint' with the (DNT) spec?

> Regards,
> matthias

Regards,
Kevin
Received on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 19:36:20 UTC

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