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Third-Party Definition

From: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:08:14 -0500
Message-Id: <F195280B-D671-49A4-BB15-8C43BD91D074@opera.com>
To: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>
I was wondering what were the definitions of third-parties at W3C, so I started to search a bit. It is used often in different contexts, but almost never defined.  In our documents, sometimes we use "third-party", sometimes "third party", it seems inconsistent.

In DNT Syntax document, Third Party site is not defined 

In Tracking rules document, 

    A "third party" is any party, in a specific 
    network interaction, that cannot infer with 
    high probability that the user knowingly and 
    intentionally communicated with it.

Which is not really what a third party is in technical terms and which is basically not testable: infer, high probability, etc.

[1]: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22third-party%22+site%3Awww.w3.org%2FTR&kl=wt-wt

Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
Developer Relations, Opera Software
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