Re: Linking privacy statements using <link rel=Privacy...>

Rob (wlkngowl@unix.asb.com)
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 15:02:56 -0500


Message-Id: <199709051906.PAA26005@unix.asb.com>
From: "Rob" <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
To: Milton Calnek <milton@calnek.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 15:02:56 -0500
CC: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Linking privacy statements using <link rel=Privacy...>

On  5 Sep 97, Milton Calnek wrote:

> If it's not binding... whats the point?  I mean that as a web developer it's
> a great idea, as a surfer, I probably wouldn't read the page because there
> is no garentee that the publisher will follow what they claim is their policy.

It would be recommended as an encouragement for site maintainers to 
develop and publicize their privacy policies.

By recommending it, it encourages developers and site admins to 
develop a privacy policy. Possibly indexing robots could note sites 
with a stated policy.

It's not intended to be non-binding at all. (The caveat about it 
being ignored works the same way for trusting an on-line store with 
your credit card numbers too.) Of course by ignoring a stated policy 
someone might be legally liable, depending on the circumstances and 
the jurisdiction.

Rob
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