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Re: Exemptions and Exceptions…?

From: Jonathan Robert Mayer <jmayer@stanford.edu>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 08:45:25 -0800 (PST)
To: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Message-Id: <DCBD2F90-FE15-4908-AB41-C157B6F3C0A5@stanford.edu>
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>
The terminology I'd seen used more or less consistently until the introduction of the opt-back-in API was:

Exception - A set of business practices that the standard allows despite its general prohibition on collection, retention, and use.

Exemption - The user explicitly consents to overriding the standard.

On Jan 30, 2012, at 8:36 AM, Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org> wrote:

> David, 
> 
> I learned the distinction like this: 
> 
> general rule vs exception
> 
> a general obligation to do vs exemption
> 
> so: no obligation, no exemption
> but: a rule can create an obligation and the exemption would be an exception 
> to that rule. 
> 
> The first pair is more generic to me than the second pair..
> 
> But I'm not a native speaker... 
> 
> Best, 
> 
> Rigo
> 
> On Monday 30 January 2012 15:19:06 David Singer wrote:
>> This was raised briefly in conversation in Brussels.
>> 
>> Our documents and discussions use both words (Exemptions and Exceptions).  I
>> think Aleecia has a clear idea of their difference, but I know we don't all
>> share that clarity because I, at least, do not :-).
>> 
>> In my understanding, 'exemption' says that the requirements of our
>> specification do not apply to some class of services .  An exception would
>> be when the specification applies, but some class of services are excepted
>> from some of the requirements.
>> 
>> Example from taxation:  some goods in the UK are exempt from Value Added
>> Tax; the tax is inapplicable.  Some goods are zero-rated for Value Added
>> Tax: they are subject to it in theory, but have an exception and are
>> currently untaxed.
>> 
>> 
>> I'm not sure we have many 'exempt' classes (services that, receiving a DNT
>> signal, can ignore it, as it doesn't apply to them).  I think we mostly
>> have exceptions.
>> 
>> 
>> Aleecia, others, could you help clear my mind (and maybe others') on this?
>> 
>> Thanks!
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> David Singer
>> Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
> 
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