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From: Thomas Much <thomas@icab.de>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 11:52:16 +0100
Message-ID: <BFF67F70.44D92%thomas@icab.de>
am 20.01.2006 0:18 Uhr schrieb James Graham unter jg307 at cam.ac.uk:

> I believe that even browsers significantly more popular than
> iCab allow for this. Yet the vast majority of people leave the feature on.

Maybe because they don't know about referrer security problems and even if
they do they don't know how to turn it off? (How many users know
about:config?)

People felt safe using Firefox, and now someone tells them there's happening
something behind the scenes, "someone's tracking you."  Look at the comments
on MozillaZine and on <http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/68508>. Even
if the ping attribute is a clean, open standard for something that has
happend in the dark so far, people are afraid of it. This could become a
marketing problem indeed.

There are two options that lead to the same question:

- If people don't want this feature, you'll have to provide a switch to turn
it off.

- If it can be switched off, websites will use the old, hidden ways to track
users.

What's the benefit of the ping attribute then?

bye, Thomas
Received on Friday, 20 January 2006 02:52:16 UTC

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