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RE: ISSUE-5: What is the definition of tracking?

From: JC Cannon <jccannon@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:56:37 +0000
To: Brett Error <brett@adobe.com>, "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <DB4282D9ADFE2A4EA9D1C0FB54BC3BD76814B701@TK5EX14MBXC133.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
Will limiting the discussion to "as it applies to DNT" help since it won't apply to first-party sites?

JC

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From: public-tracking-request@w3.org [mailto:public-tracking-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Brett Error
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:07 AM
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Subject: RE: ISSUE-5: What is the definition of tracking?

I disagree. I have yet to find a consumer that would consider a first party tracking them on a single site to not be "tracking".  

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From: public-tracking-request@w3.org [mailto:public-tracking-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Aleecia M. McDonald
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:37 AM
To: public-tracking@w3.org
Subject: Re: ISSUE-5: What is the definition of tracking?


On Oct 12, 2011, at 5:17 PM, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:

> The Working Group cannot define "tracking" without additional 
> modifiers in a manner that is inconsistent with typical english usage. 
> "This user arrived on this page and then moved on to that page" is a 
> statement that cannot be made if the user's movements around the site are not tracked.

While I will join in mourning the geekification of English, I think the idea that "tracking" (and, more usefully as Roy offers, DNT) does not match a dictionary definition seems not to pose a problem. Between words like cookies, spam, the web, and private browsing not actually being private, I think computer jargon is well established.  

I am trying to hear from folks who thinking tracking is something other than data flowing between two sites. On calls and in Boston I had the impression there are such views in the group. But if all is silence, perhaps I was mistaken, or perhaps they have been persuaded otherwise.

	Aleecia
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