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Re: ISSUE-16, ACTION-166: define (data) collection

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 12:00:00 +0200
Message-id: <7D996238-2AA3-4919-A900-6D8AE240B691@apple.com>
To: "public-tracking@w3.org Group WG" <public-tracking@w3.org>
I agree with Roy that if we stray too far from commonsense meaning and normal usage, we will make our documents 'dangerous', in that will formally mean something other than their apparent meaning.

For me, I would offer:

1. "is exposed to": data that the service sees without taking any specific action,usually, the data arrives whether the service wanted it or not;
2. "collects": the service takes specific action to acquire the data;
3. "retains": the service holds the data after the immediate transaction is complete;

To take a concrete example.  A service 'is exposed to' the IP address of the TCP (HTTP) connection of the client communicating with it;  it could use that IP address to lookup and hence 'collect' a geographic location;  having got that, it could serve geographically targeted content, and then if it still has the IP address or geographic location after the transaction (serving the content) is complete (i.e. the response to HTTP 'Get'), it 'retains' it.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:01:17 UTC

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