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Re: tracking-ISSUE-150: DNT conflicts from multiple user agents [Tracking Definitions and Compliance]

From: Tamir Israel <tisrael@cippic.ca>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:34:28 -0400
Message-ID: <4FE29644.3070407@cippic.ca>
To: Matthias Schunter <mts-std@schunter.org>
CC: Justin Brookman <justin@cdt.org>, "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>
On 6/17/2012 1:14 PM, Matthias Schunter wrote:
> Whether these businesses want to treat this customer segment in such a 
> way should not be our decision and should be left to the individual 
> enterprise and their customers.
> The only thing we MUST avoid is that a user agent sends DNT;1 and that 
> the user is then tracked without strong notices since this would 
> significantly undermine the trust into our standard.

I'm not quite sure that allowing servers to reject DNT-1s unilaterally 
deemed non-compliant will enhance trust in the standard. Users may well 
be quite frustrated to find that some servers (but not others) simply do 
not respect their signals. Also, many had mentioned a desire to avoid 
reinstating the pop-up mania of earlier days. I think this would further 
that mania.
Received on Thursday, 21 June 2012 03:36:08 UTC

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