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Re: action-159 Draft shorter language to describe conditions for consent

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:43:06 -0400
Cc: Shane Wiley <wileys@yahoo-inc.com>, Tracking Protection Working Group WG <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-id: <0096FC50-1C62-48F8-8913-BD3FF5387BBD@apple.com>
To: Nicholas Doty <npdoty@w3.org>

On Apr 12, 2012, at 10:18 , Nicholas Doty wrote:

> On Apr 12, 2012, at 9:47 AM, Shane Wiley wrote:
>> Nike,
> s/Nike/Nick/ ;)
>> Interestingly each of the terms you've selected have specific legal context and break your goal of "avoid getting into the details of a particular model of content (leaving that up to the implementer and the particular jurisdiction's [laws])".
> I thought that was the thinking, that we should refer to known terms that have meaning that you interpret with your regulator in your jurisdiction. Can you point us to documentation on what those terms mean that we might not want?
>> That aside, many of us feel this language is close but has some unintended impacts to user experiences albeit it well intentioned.
> Great! I wasn't foolish enough to assume that just because we had several people comfortable with these three adjectives that we wouldn't have a lovely debate with other alternatives. :)
>> Rather than use the terms "distinct, affirmative" I would recommend this be altered to "explicit" as this allows some degree of bundling of permissions but means the material elements must be directly evident to a user for it to meet the "explicit" bar (again, another term with legal context - I don't know how we discuss this topic without stepping into existing legal territory :-) ).
> Are others comfortable with "explicit, informed consent"? Do we think "explicit" covers cases that stakeholders care about regarding defaults?

I now understand that "distinct" over-reaches what we wanted to achieve (that presenting a whole load of questions to the user, with only a "yes/no to all" option is probably poor).  If "explicit" means both that they are asked the question and have the opportunity to say "no" without throwing the baby out with the bath-water, as it were, I think dropping "distinct" is fine.

So, are we now suggesting "explicit, affirmative, consent"?

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Thursday, 12 April 2012 17:44:20 UTC

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