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Re: proposed short-term changes to TCS

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:21:48 -0700
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-id: <DFA48401-285B-456D-9EB3-76719B6D6274@apple.com>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>

On Sep 20, 2013, at 16:20 , Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com> wrote:
> 
>>  2.9 Tracking
>> 
>>   Tracking is the retention or use, after a network interaction is complete,
>>   of data records that are, or can be, associated with a specific user, user
>>   agent, or device.
> 
> As mentioned in the last call for objections, my response to the last
> chairs' decision, and almost every teleconference since this change
> was introduced in the June draft, the above definition is overly
> broad and does not match any of our discussions during or since the
> initial TPWG meeting in Cambridge.  More importantly, it is inconsistent
> with the rest of this specification's requirements in response to the
> user's expressed desire of Do Not Track.
> 
> I see no point in continuing this working group if we cannot immediately
> address ISSUE-5.  However, since that is not a short-term discussion,
> I propose that the definition present in the prior WD be restored.  

There was no previous definition, as I recall, and I disagree with your characterization of the state of consistency, alas.

> IOW:
> 
>  "Tracking" is understood by this standard as the collection and
>  retention of data across multiple parties' domains or services in
>  a form such that it can be attributed to a specific user, user agent,
>  or device.

Alas, I tried to get the group to agree we're restricting "cross-site tracking", partly because you mentioned it several times without definition, but the group did not agree.

> 
> and that this definition rightly belongs in Section 1 (the Introduction,
> which is currently, incorrectly, and confusingly labeled Scope).

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:22:17 UTC

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