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Re: Purpose element question

From: Lorrie Cranor <lorrie@research.att.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 23:09:03 -0500
Message-ID: <002701c1c657$13bd1de0$3e06cf87@research.att.com>
To: "Kim Hahn" <KHahn@digitalimpact.com>, <www-p3p-policy@w3.org>
> For a web form with the fields:
>   email address (required)
>   first name (not required)
>   last name (not required)
> The form says "Sign up to receive our newsletter."
> When users submit, they are added to a mailing list.
> Users can unsubscribe at any time from another web form whose link is
> included in all newsletters.
> What should the purpose be?
> <current/> - to complete the sign up process.
> <contact required="opt-out"/> - to use the submitted info for marketing,
> submission only allows signup, user must opt-out later.
> <contact required="opt-in"/> - to use the submitted info for marketing,
> act of submitting is the "opt-in" of the the user.
> Or a combination of both?

The purpose should be both
<contact required="opt-in"/>

> Can it be "opt-in" since that's the stated purpose of the site and the
> must explicitly submit?
> Ie. If they dont' want to opt-in, they can leave the site and not submit.

yes, as long as you include an opturi at which
you explain how to opt-out later.

> In all cases, should the DATA elements be as below?
> <DATA ref="#user.home-info.online.email"/>
> <DATA ref="#user.name.given" optional="yes"/>
> <DATA ref="#user.name.family" optional="yes"/>

That will work.
Alternatively you can simply use
the physical category. But what you show here
is a more specific statement.

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