web-privacy mailing list

At the last IETF, Larry Masinter chaired a BOF on the topic of web user
privacy issues.  He suggested that I alert this list of the results of the
This is to let you know that the mailing list for the Web Privacy group
(not working group) is set up.  It is web-priv@nasa.gov.  To join, send to
web-priv-request@nasa.gov with 'subscribe' as the body of the msg.

For those of you unable to make IETF in Washington or who did not attend
the web-priv BOF: 
Larry Masinter chaired the BOF, which was convened to
look at concerns related to the privacy of user information collected via
the Web and whether there should be a group to develop some guidelines or
recommendations for site administrators about better ways to collect or
handle such information.  (I also think there may be some work aimed at
end-users alerting them to privacy "threats.")

The BOF was very well attended.  There was a lot of interest in the topic,
but there was not enough time (in my opinion) to flesh out what tasks a
group would actually take on.  Therefore, not surprisingly, there was a
dearth of volunteers to do actual work.  However, many people felt work
should be done.  So, there was no working group formed as a result of the
BOF, but this mailing list has been set up to continue the discussion and
hopefully make it more concrete.  Personally, I think that as the work
topics are clarified, people will be willing to pitch in, but this list is
a test of that theory!

Feel free to let anyone interested in this area know about the
list and encourage them to join.  Please join in the discussion.

April Marine
NASA Newtwork Information Center

Received on Friday, 19 December 1997 13:45:22 UTC