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Re: Unclear if Policy Editor Results are Correct

From: Manhong Zhou <Manhong_Zhou@genealogy.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 09:15:34 -0700
Message-Id: <sbbd7a49.070@mail.genealogy.com>
To: <chris@torresen.com>, <www-p3p-policy@w3.org>
Hi, Christopher:

Here is what I think happend:

- for the site that no cookie is used, you didn't include the "HTTP cookies" in 
any of your data groups. If you don't have it, the generator knows that no
cookie is used, so that the compact policy is empty.

- for the site that cookie is used, "HTTP cookies" must exist in one of your data 
groups. Click on the + to open up the data groups, I am pretty sure you will find it.

Have fun.


>>> Christopher VanOosterhout <chris@torresen.com> 10/05/01 08:05AM >>>


I have some concerns about the results I have seen so far from the IBM 
policy editor.  I am starting to become familiar with the P3P standard, 
however I am very new at this and could certainly use some input from others.

Here is my situation.

I have two sites ... one that requires more user input and cookies in order 
to function properly and one that uses very little data covered by the P3P 

In the site that does not require cookies or much user supplied data there 
is a part of the HTML created document that says that http cookies are not 
used.  The interesting thing to me is that I never mentioned to the program 
that I was or was not going to use cookies.  How did the program know 
this?  Also more importantly, the program created a compact privacy 
policy.  I thought this was only used for sites using cookies.

On my site where I do use cookies more extensively, the HTML policy that 
was generated says that we DO use cookies ... and that is good.  Again, I 
do not understand where I ever told the program that I would use cookies, 
but I do and some how it figured it out.

My real problem lies in the fact that when I go to view or save the compact 
policy, it is empty.  In fact, in the view mode the following message 
appears under the compact policy tab:
The compact policy is empty.  The policy contains no cookie

Any ideas?


Christopher VanOosterhout
Torresen Marine, Inc.
Internet Division
3126 Lake Shore Drive
Muskegon, Michigan 49441
Received on Friday, 5 October 2001 12:20:58 UTC

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