Re: W3C Community Group comments

On 27/12/2011, at 9:22 AM, Lee Tien wrote:

> Thanks, Jeremy.  The purpose of this reference is not to denigrate other countries' privacy laws but emphasize two things:

I hope you don't think I was doing that, rather I was concerned that beginning with the argument that "DNT is important because the US first amendment does not otherwise cover private actors" doesn't resonate outside the US, where, incidentally private actors often are covered by privacy law anyhow.  Also it made the document (understandably in the circumstances!) seem like an EFF or Consumer Watchdog submission rather than one of an international community group.

> 1) how online behavior is closely associated with expressional freedoms and thus generally imbued with not only a privacy interest but also an expressional interest;

Then maybe you could refer (also, or instead) to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which in Article 19 provides the right to "seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".

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Received on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 01:45:54 UTC