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Re: Web Tracking and User Privacy: The Next Steps.

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 09:54:31 +0100
Cc: "WebID XG" <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
Message-Id: <FF0749ED-CE96-48BD-ACC5-39BECA9C55C0@bblfish.net>
To: jeff@sayremedia.com
If anyone here is going there or has time to put together something on identity in the browser and tracking that could be also useful for "ISSUE-14: WebID and Browsers"

http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/webid/track/issues/14

I think if browsers were to be in charge of identity - clearly displaying it to the user and allowing him to change it - from anonymous to WebID authenticated and back - then one could determine the exact amount of identification one was willing to accept per tab, or even per page. In anonymous mode the browser would send no cookie information at all, ... all the way up to WebID authentication.

One could also make the point that without distributed authentication, large portal sites can make one single cookie go very very far, grow in commercial value, and so get huge injections of cash, making the emergence of sites tracking 1/16 of the planet an inevitability. Without distributed identity you get exactly what user privacy advocates fear the most.

	Henry


On 10 Mar 2011, at 04:03, Jeff Sayre wrote:

> Something to keep in mind as we work on WebID:
> 
> http://www.w3.org/QA/2011/03/web_tracking_and_user_privacy.html
> 
> 

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