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Re: The DAA Commitment

From: Ed Felten <ed@felten.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:22:28 -0500
Message-ID: <CANZBoGg7JOWhkEFf8jW-cxRKWx-fUgNvTOUYqDxygn_LcJwgfg@mail.gmail.com>
To: "<public-tracking@w3.org>" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Thanks for the clarification, Mike.

If I'm understanding you correctly, it seems that the DAA Principles
and this working group's current draft put generally similar
obligations on first parties with respect to user choice: a first
party who collects covered data can use that data internally but if
the user has expressed the opt-out, then the first party cannot give
that data to third parties. (And both have an exemption for service
providers who stand in the shoes of the first party.)   Is that right?

(The DAA's notice obligation on first parties doesn't seem to
correspond closely to anything in this group's current approach, but
that's a topic for another day.)

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 7:34 AM, Mike Zaneis <mike@iab.net> wrote:
> John, these are very good questions and essentially the same ones that Ed
> Felton asked me directly, so I will provide one answer to the group.
> 1.  The DAA Principles apply to data collection through the more recent
> Multisite Data document. That document states that you cannot collect data
> once a consumer has opted out except for a few limited cases (Analytics,
> product development, market research). That document also expanded the
> original OBA Principles so all cross site data is covered, not just data
> used for OBA purposes.
> 2.  The DAA Principles state that notice and choice must be provided on any
> site where OBA is occurring or where data is being collected for OBA
> purposes (OBA only covering third party OBA). Therefore, in your scenario,
> if a publisher is collecting data to sell to a third party or if it is
> collecting data to do third party OBA, including retargeting, then notice
> and choice are required.
> I am sensing many in the group are not intimately familiar with the DAA
> program. I would be happy to facilitate a briefing for anyone interested in
> learning more about the existing program.
> Mike Zaneis
> SVP & General Counsel, IAB
> (202) 253-1466
> On Feb 24, 2012, at 6:21 PM, "John Simpson" <john@consumerwatchdog.org>
> wrote:
> Mike,
> I appreciate your effort to explain the DAA commitment.  May I please ask a
> few questions?
> 1. Does what you've said mean that the DAA has agreed to recognize DNT
> headers and respond by not targeting ads based on a user's online behavior,
> but that tracking and data collection could continue?
> 2. Is it the DAA's position that 1st parties would have no obligations
> whatsoever when DNT is enabled?  Would  a 1st party be able to share data
> with a 3rd party under the DAA principles?  Could a party use data it had
> gathered while 1st party when it is acting as a 3rd party?
> I'd like to understand the DAA's position.
> Thans,
> John
> On Feb 24, 2012, at 8:50 AM, Mike Zaneis wrote:
> I know in the aftermath of a major announcement such as the one made
> yesterday that many people are asking for clarity on the commitments that
> were made.  I appreciate Jonathan's call on Thursday to listen to the
> principles and try to learn more.  As a DAA Board Member and participant of
> the W3C Working Group, I am happy to try and explain the agreement between
> the Obama Administration and the DAA.  I believe what we have agreed to can
> best be summed up as a commitment by the DAA to implement consistent,
> easy-to-use browser tools into the existing DAA opt out program, when a
> consumer chooses to utilize these options.  Our goal is to accomplish this
> integration over the course of the next 9 months, which we believe is
> inherently achievable.  It is also important to note that the Obama
> Administration has recognized the combined DAA, NAI, and CBBB Enforcement
> Program as a model of success for what they call "enforceable codes of
> conduct".
> The more difficult interpretation of these commitments is the effect they
> might have on the W3C DNT process.  The DAA has not committed to
> implementing any standard/technology that is inconsistent with the current
> DAA Principles.  We have committed to immediately begin working with the
> browser providers to develop a consistent and easy-to-use header tool that
> educates consumers and allows them to exercise a persistent opt out from the
> DAA Principles.
> At the very first face to face meeting of this group I stood up and
> expressed my sincere desire to work through the W3C process to develop a
> meaningful consumer tool, but I also expressed concern if the W3C standard
> was inconsistent with the DAA Principles because that would undermine
> adoption by companies around the globe.  Neither of those positions has
> changed following yesterday's announcement.
> To give an example, the W3C technology standard being developed appears
> likely to require 1st parties to recognize browser headers and respond
> accordingly.  The exclusion of 1st parties from such standards is widely
> accepted and was included in the very first FTC report on self regulation.
>  Realistically, the likelihood of the DAA changing its position to adopt
> such a requirement is very low.
> There were a lot of very positive commitments made yesterday by our industry
> and the U.S. Government.  On our end, all the credit goes to the companies,
> which continue to make immense investments to advance consumer privacy.
>  While I do not want to lose sight of those positive commitments, I need to
> point out some of the things that we did NOT commit too, including changing
> the underlying DAA Principles.  We have not extended the program to cover
> 1st parties.  We have not committed to any specific implementation
> technology or business practices, those will be worked out with the DAA
> member companies through a very deliberative process.  We have not agreed to
> implement standards that differ from the current DAA Principles, be that W3C
> DNT standards or company-imposed technology standards.  And we have not
> agreed to a "one click" DNT toolbar button, as has been reported.
> I hope this answers some of the questions regarding yesterday's
> announcement.
> Mike Zaneis
> SVP & General Counsel
> Interactive Advertising Bureau
> (202) 253-1466
> Follow me on Twitter @mikezaneis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ed Felten [mailto:ed@felten.com]
> Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 6:01 AM
> To: public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)
> Subject: Re: White House event
> As Aleecia said, yesterday was a big news day for privacy in the U.S.
> The White House announced their Privacy Bill of Rights.  And, more directly
> relevant for this group, the advertising industry, through the Digital
> Advertising Alliance (DAA), announced that they would move toward adoption
> of DNT.  The DAA and its members deserve tons of credit for taking this step
> and making a strong commitment to follow through.
> The DAA's statement said the group would "add browser-based header signals
> to the set of tools by which consumers could express their preferences under
> the DAA Principles", and the statement referred to a
> "browser based header signal uniform consumer choice mechanism".   The
> White House put it more succinctly, saying that DAA members "are committing
> to use Do Not Track technology from the World Wide Web Consortium".
> DAA participating companies have been playing key roles in this working
> group from the very beginning, as editors of both DNT documents, drafters of
> text, and mainstays of the email discussion.
> Many of our best ideas have come from DAA participants, and it was a DAA
> participant who initially asked the W3C to convene this group.  By my count,
> eighteen members of the working group come from DAA participating companies.
> Now that the DAA is committed to the success of the DNT technology, it's
> especially important to keep moving toward completing the standards that
> define the DNT technology.
> =====
> DAA statement: http://www.aboutads.info/resource/download/DAA_Commitment.pdf
> White House fact sheet:
> http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/fact-sheet-plan-protect-privacy-internet-age-adopting-consumer-privacy-b
> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:13 AM, Aleecia M. McDonald <aleecia@aleecia.com>
> wrote:
> Greetings,
> If anyone has not seen the press yet, there is an event on privacy on
> Thursday at the White House. DNT is part of the discussion.
> It's an exciting time for user privacy, industry self-regulation groups, and
> some of our working group members. There have been rumors flying for two
> months now. I think we're going to be able to get a lot more work done once
> the dust clears.
> In the short term, (I suspect some of the editors and) I have been
> distracted by this event, which has slowed work on the compliance draft.
> Feel free to take a look -- it's coming together -- but we are not quite as
> far along as I'd hoped. The odds of publishing the Second Public Working
> Draft on Feb 29th are dimming, but we are not looking at a large slip if
> there is one.
> In the longer term, the Tracking Protection Working Group continues just as
> it has been: a fora for stakeholders from a variety of perspectives to work
> out differences and come to consensus agreements. The self-regulation
> groups, and their members, are important inputs to that process. That said,
> we encompass a wide variety of other views and stakeholders. We will
> naturally be likely to up with different end points than US industry groups.
> And a by now familiar request from me -- kindly recall we have more months
> of working together. If you're going to grouse at someone, take it off the
> list and calls, please. I will endeavor to do the same.
> Thanks to all of you for your hard work so far. When the swirl dies down,
> there will more work to do, first in getting the next drafts out ASAP, and
> then as we turn to locking down some of the big issues we've been slowly
> teasing apart. The next few months will not be dull.
>        Aleecia
> ----------
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