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Re: ISSUE-187 - some thoughts on using javascript

From: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:12:55 -0800
Message-Id: <8878693E-D07D-4BDA-9F2C-70DEDEA70EDB@consumerwatchdog.org>
Cc: Walter van Holst <walter.van.holst@xs4all.nl>, public-tracking@w3.org
To: David Wainberg <david@networkadvertising.org>
I've attached as a PDF file an interesting research paper from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology about what people expect from DNT.  

John M. Simpson
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On Nov 9, 2012, at 9:59 AM, David Wainberg wrote:

> On 11/8/12 5:52 PM, Walter van Holst wrote:
>> On 11/8/12 9:17 PM, Vinay Goel wrote:
>>> Hi Walter,
>>> I agree with you that the logical solution would be to store them together
>>> in the UA preferences.  From what I understand, though, the major UAs
>>> would likely not implement this, though.
>> I probably should have spotted that in the list archives before, but
>> have missed it. I cannot speek for the UAs, nonetheless all research on
>> user opinions on tracking suggests that they are much more inclined to
>> go for a all-out DNT:1 than for DNT:0, which makes me assume that any
>> exception mechanism is unlikely to be used often. Sadly not all research
>> in this field is publicly available, so we have to make do with what is.
> What credible research can you cite that is publicly available? Unfortunately we don't have much useful information on what users really want, or would want if they properly understood the technology and their choices. And it's certainly not very helpful to cite research that isn't available.
> -David
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