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Re: action-231, issue-153 requirements on other software that sets DNT headers

From: David Wainberg <david@networkadvertising.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:06:06 -0400
Message-ID: <501953EE.5020003@networkadvertising.org>
To: Nicholas Doty <npdoty@w3.org>
CC: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>
This looks ok to me. However, I am contemplating additional language 
regarding a UA's responsibility to reconcile conflicts (issue 150?) or 
ensure the user's choice, but I've not written it yet.

On 8/1/12 1:46 AM, Nicholas Doty wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Dave Singer and I volunteered to draft a very short proposal to capture the idea that if software outside the user agent (like anti-virus software, or a http proxy or what-have-you) sets a DNT value, it should still capture the user's intent.
>
> Proposal:
>
> After this existing sentence in the TPE spec:
>> Likewise, a user agent extension or add-on must not alter the tracking preference unless the act of installing and enabling that extension or add-on is an explicit choice by the user for that tracking preference.
> Add:
>> Software outside of the user agent that causes a DNT header to be sent (or modifies existing headers) MUST NOT do so without following the requirements of this section; such software is responsible for assuring the expressed preference reflects the user's intent.
> I believe this fulfills a common concept we've heard in the WG. It may also go towards issue-150 (conflicts between user agents), in explaining that any software must follow the same requirements for non-default user choice.
>
> David Wainberg is also working on a proposal around this issue but we haven't had a chance to compare/combine texts yet.
>
> Thanks,
> Nick
Received on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 16:06:38 UTC

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