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Meeting To Determine Do-Not-Track Standards

ONLINE PRIVACY

April 11, 2012

The "privacy showdown at the DC corral." That's what the Center for Digital Democracy's Jeff Chester is calling the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) do-not-track working group's meeting this week, which aims to establish standards on the W3C privacy tool, reports NationalJournal. Hosted by Microsoft, the three-day meeting will consider proposals submitted by a number of stakeholders, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla, and one developed by a group of online advertising groups. The difficulty will likely be in determining under what circumstances a user's do-not-track preference may be overridden. Some experts suggest do not track include exceptions for cases of fraud prevention or for website functionality, but others warn too many loopholes will make the mechanism meaningless.
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