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Re: Letter to Federal Trade Commission

From: Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:13:50 -0400
To: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org>, "public-tracking@w3.org Tracking" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CC823D38.21306%achapell@chapellassociates.com>
John - 

I appreciate your sharing this document. I'll leave it to others to opine on
whether it is appropriate for the FTC to be lobbying the W3C. That said, you
reference two concessions that you and your colleagues have made vis-a-vis
the industry: a) whether DNT should limit first-party information
collection, and b) sharing data with affiliates. I am certainly a member of
'industry' -  and I recognize that these may be important issues to others
in the TPWG. However, they are not at all concessions from my perspective.
I'm not weighing in on them either way  but would ask that you and your
colleagues be careful in lumping all of industry into a single bucket.

There are a number of entities in this working group that are running
businesses:   browsers, ad agencies, publishers, technology platforms,
advertisers, etc to name a few. While all are certainly part of "industry"
under a broad definition -  all have a very unique perspective when it comes
to DNT. By lumping all of industry into a single bucket, you risk
oversimplifying the issues we're trying to address and over emphasizing the
magnitude of the concessions that you and your colleagues have made. As
we've seen of late, even the browser manufacturers have taken different
approaches to DNT.

Thanks again.


From:  John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org>
Date:  Friday, September 21, 2012 3:35 PM
To:  "public-tracking@w3.org Tracking" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Subject:  Letter to Federal Trade Commission
Resent-From:  <public-tracking@w3.org>
Resent-Date:  Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:35:22 +0000


Roy Fielding asked me about letter that Jeff Chester of CDC, Lee Tien of EFF
and I sent to the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to help the
working group reach our goal.

I'm attaching it as a PDF file.

As ever,

John M. Simpson
Consumer Advocate
Consumer Watchdog
2701 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 112
Santa Monica, CA,90405
Tel: 310-392-7041
Cell: 310-292-1902
www.ConsumerWatchdog.org <http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org>
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