Re: ACTION-212: Draft text on how user agents must obtain consent to turn on a DNT signal

Question in text below.

John M. Simpson
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On Nov 1, 2012, at 3:32 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> On Oct 31, 2012, at 2:32 PM, John Simpson wrote:
>> Not to imply that I agree that a server can ignore a facially valid DNT message, however the WG comes on this, I'd say if server plans to disregard DNT it MUST notify the UA.
> Please understand that it is necessary, for the survival of the Web,
> that a server have the ability to disregard protocol elements that do not
> adhere to their assigned semantics.  It is one of the very few aspects
> of the Web that allow it to survive the tragedy of the commons.
> I cannot emphasize enough that this principle is far more important
> than anything the W3C has worked on, including DNT.
> If automated transparency is desired, then the solution is to provide
> a means for the server to say that it won't comply with an invalid signal.
> In order for that to be required, it must be a mechanism usable
> by servers that have no direct access to the GUI, including redirect
> handlers and beacons, which means it must be in the tracking status
> value.
Is there a problem with it being in the tracking status value?
> If no protocol mechanism is provided, then it is likely that users
> will be notified via the privacy policy, assuming that the server
> adheres to any DNT signals.

A privacy policy that is rarely read by anyone doesn't seem to be an adequate means of notification.
> ....Roy

Received on Thursday, 1 November 2012 23:10:42 UTC