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Re: [ISSUE-5] What is the definition of tracking?

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:05:49 +0100
To: public-tracking@w3.org
Cc: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
Message-ID: <1437481.lhXpOlAZ0T@hegel.sophia.w3.org>
Roy, 

color me happy as on a first glance, I like your smart definition. Let's now 
appeal to Rob, Ninja and Ed to see if this fits what they have in mind. 
Because DNT must be in line with the regulations in order to be useful. It 
must help users and services alike within the regulated context and find some 
middle ground in the unregulated context. 

Your definition is nicely scoping uses, from my perspective. But the fact of 
"collecting" data is only "implicit" in your definition. Does that mean you 
don't want to address collection, or is it just a matter of elegance of the 
wording and the collection limitations are left to the compliance sections?

Best, 

Rigo

On Sunday 04 March 2012 15:36:02 Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> Color me frustrated.  
[...]
> =========
> 
> Tracking is defined as following or identifying a user, user agent,
> or device across multiple visits to a site (time) or across multiple
> sites (space).
> 
> Mechanisms for performing tracking include but are not limited to:
> • assigning a unique identifier to the user, user agent, or device
>   such that it will be conveyed back to the server on future visits;
> • personalizing references or referral information such that they will
>   convey the user, user agent, or device identity to other sites;
> • correlating data provided in the request with identifying data
>   collected from past requests or obtained from a third party; or,
> • combining data provided in the request with de-identified data
>   collected or obtained from past requests in order to re-identify
>   that data or otherwise associate it with the user, user agent,
>   or device.
> 
> A preference of "Do Not Track" means that the user does not want
> tracking to be engaged for this request, including any mechanism
> for performing tracking, any use of data retained from prior tracking,
> and any retention or sharing of data from this request for the purpose
> of future tracking, beyond what is necessary to enable:
>  1) the limited exemptions defined in section XX;
>  2) the first-party (and third-parties acting as the first-party)
>     to provide the service intentionally requested by the user; and
>  3) other services for which the user has provided prior,
>     specific, and informed consent.
> 
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