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RE: Allowed uses of protocol data in first N weeks (ACTION-190)

From: SULLIVAN, BRYAN L <bs3131@att.com>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 14:20:15 +0000
To: Chris Pedigo <CPedigo@online-publishers.org>, Shane Wiley <wileys@yahoo-inc.com>
CC: "ifette@google.com" <ifette@google.com>, John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org>, "TOUBIANA, VINCENT (VINCENT)" <Vincent.Toubiana@alcatel-lucent.com>, "public-tracking@w3.org Group WG" <public-tracking@w3.org>
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I agree, the assertion was clearly out of the blue for many of us. The whole context of the permitted use discussion is limited by 3rd party status, and the protocol logging concerns expressed are all in the context of preventing ability to pursue non-permitted uses. So logging restrictions should not apply to 1st parties at all.

Thanks,
Bryan Sullivan

From: Chris Pedigo [mailto:CPedigo@online-publishers.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 4:20 AM
To: Shane Wiley
Cc: ifette@google.com; John Simpson; TOUBIANA, VINCENT (VINCENT); public-tracking@w3.org Group WG
Subject: Re: Allowed uses of protocol data in first N weeks (ACTION-190)

Based on the IRC comments at end of yesterday's call, many of us were surprised that you envision this restriction applying to first parties.  I think we were surprised because the restriction on first parties not sharing data with third parties assumes that first parties will be able to keep data. Applying a 6-week limit on first parties would directly contradict the decision already reached by the group to allow first parties to retain data so long as they don't share it.






On May 9, 2012, at 7:57 PM, "Shane Wiley" <wileys@yahoo-inc.com<mailto:wileys@yahoo-inc.com>> wrote:
Ian,

Could you please explain why you feel this would be applied to 1st parties?  I thought we agreed as a working group that DNT was not applicable to 1st parties (outside of inability to pass data to 3rd parties to close that loophole)?  Are you suggesting your proposed text applies to all log data regardless of DNT signal status?

Thank you,
- Shane

From: Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) [mailto:ifette@google.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 4:47 PM
To: John Simpson
Cc: TOUBIANA, VINCENT (VINCENT); public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org> Group WG
Subject: Re: Allowed uses of protocol data in first N weeks (ACTION-190)

Yes
On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM, John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org<mailto:john@consumerwatchdog.org>> wrote:
Ian,

This morning's call left me confused.  Does the text proposed by Action-190 apply to both 1st and 3rd parties?

Thank you,
John


On May 9, 2012, at 3:57 PM, Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) wrote:



On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM, TOUBIANA, VINCENT (VINCENT) <Vincent.Toubiana@alcatel-lucent.com<mailto:Vincent.Toubiana@alcatel-lucent.com>> wrote:
I believe I should elaborate why I think the current text is too vague. I'm mostly concerned by the following sentence:

"Similarly, a data collector MUST NOT use the data to build any profile, or associate the data to any profile, of a user used for purposes other than would be allowed outside of the the six week period."
Why not simply say "Similarly, a data collector MUST NOT use the data for purposes other than those allowed outside of the the six week period." ?
It seems to me that the examples provided in the rest of the text (see bellow) as well as those mentioned during the phone conference today are actually covered by the permitted uses.


Playing devil's advocate -- If you say that, then what is the difference between before and after the six week period? I'm not sure what then this exception buys you. I'm not trying to create a back door for some set of nefarious uses, but I'm trying to say instead "Look, if you're not doing anything strange then this should make it trivial for you to comply with this spec if you only retain logs data for six weeks." That covers a lot of people and a lot of legitimate, common, non-scary uses. If you're keeping data for a longer period of time, then there's some burden placed on you as a result.

"As examples, a data collector MAY use the raw data within a six week period to debug their system, a data collector MAY use the raw data within the six
week period to build a profile of a user fraudulently or maliciously accessing the system for purposes such as blocking access to the system by that use."

If the logs can only be used for the "permitted uses" and it's just a question of storing the raw data for six weeks, then I have no objection with this proposal.

Thank you,

Vincent



From: イアンフェッティ <ifette@google.com<mailto:ifette@google.com>>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 08:47:53 -0700
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On last week's call, I took an action to write a proposal for protocol data
in the first N weeks (ACTION-190 and ISSUE-142).

My proposed text would be as follows, comments welcome:
Protocol data, meaning data that is transmitted by a user agent, such as a
web browser, in the process of requesting content from a provider,
explicitly including items such as IP addresses, cookies, and request URIs,
MAY be stored for a period of 6 weeks in a form that might not otherwise
satisfy the requirements of this specification. For instance, the data may
not yet be reduced to the subset of information allowed to be retained for
permitted uses (such as fraud detection), and technical controls limiting
access to the data for permitted uses may not be in place on things like
raw logs data sitting on servers waiting for processing and aggregation
into a centralized logs storage service.
Within this six week period, a data collector MUST NOT share data with
other parties in a manner that would be prohibited outside of the six week
period. Similarly, a data collector MUST NOT use the data to build any
profile, or associate the data to any profile, of a user used for purposes
other than would be allowed outside of the the six week period. As
examples, a data collector MAY use the raw data within a six week period to
debug their system, a data collector MAY use the raw data within the six
week period to build a profile of a user fraudulently or maliciously
accessing the system for purposes such as blocking access to the system by
that user, but the data collector MUST NOT build a profile to serve
targeted advertisements based on the user's past six weeks of browsing
activity.

After the six week period has passed, only the subset of data necessary to
accomplish the permitted exceptions in this specification may be retained,
and the data must be controlled in such a way that only access to the data
for these permitted exceptions is allowed.


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