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Re: DNT and search revenues

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:18:02 +0200
To: Tom Lowenthal <tom@mozilla.com>
Cc: public-tracking@w3.org
Message-ID: <5keja7t15pg3011asjpsj93mc3nj3va8tf@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>
* Tom Lowenthal wrote:
>I see no reason why requests from embedded search boxes should be
>different from any other request that the browser sends. If the user has
>checked the "tell sites that I do not want to be tracked" box, and then
>they use the browser's search box, DNT:1 should be sent with that
>request just like any other.

But is the search engine third party because the user is interacting
with the browser chrome, or would it be first party because there is
some argument that the user means to interact with the search engine?
How about requests for auto-complete data before the user actually
submits the query thereby opening the search engine's results page?
For that matter, what about other built-in features that rely on ex-
ternal services like anti-malware or geolocation services? Is that
different between browsers because those services might be operated
by the same vendor as the browser vendor? Same for web pages that may
integrate a third party search engine restricted to some site via a
parameter? I am not sure how it is currently, but it used to be quite
hard to tell whether some seemingly local search would actually land
you on some third party search service, possibly due to mistakes the
site has might with respect to "branding" requirements.
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