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Re: Third-Party Web Tracking: Policy and Technology Paper outlining harms of tracking

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:48:22 +0200
To: public-tracking@w3.org
Cc: David Wainberg <david@networkadvertising.org>, Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com>, Shane Wiley <wileys@yahoo-inc.com>, Vincent Toubiana <v.toubiana@free.fr>, Jeffrey Chester <jeff@democraticmedia.org>, Jonathan Mayer <jmayer@stanford.edu>
Message-ID: <1987438.boo0tMr3J9@hegel.sophia.w3.org>

On Saturday 13 October 2012 09:30:00 David Wainberg wrote:
> Security solves for a particular problem: 
> unauthorized access to data. 

We solve the problem of unauthorized making and access to a dossier 
made of more than one data item. There are parallels.

> And there is an understanding of the
> value  or risk associated with the data to be protected, and the
> security is scaled proportionally. We are not in this situation
> here, even though we've asked many times to identify specifics.

Users today make a risk judgment about the potential abuse of their 
data. The common opinion is that once it is out, data will be 
abused. The limits only lie within the creativity of the folks 
abusing the data. Conclusion: don't give them data.

> Vincent recently raised one specific case -- access to server
> logs in a civil legal proceeding -- which is very helpful for
> discussion. It can help us to zero on the specific problems that
> are applicable, and then focus on specific, reasonable solutions
> to those problems. I'm truly baffled by the reluctance to do more
> of this.

Sure, retention times in one of those. If you have a certain k-
anonymity and a certain effort to de-anonymize, the risk is 
mitigated and we can go back to the user and tell them that their 
fears are not justified. It is all about making trust for the market 

So yes, I agree. We have business needs and consumer fears. And we 
need to navigate in that matrix, also for the permitted uses.

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