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Do-Not-Track Talks Reach a Stalemate

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 24, 2012

Privacy advocates wrote to the Federal Trade Commission last week asking it to intervene to help settle differences between some advertising industry representatives and privacy advocates on a do-not-track option online, National Journal reports. Web browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer now include a do-not-track option, but websites’ compliance with the option is thus far voluntary. Talks convened by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) about the standard seemed to have reached stalemate, the report states. Two areas of contention appear to be on the use of “unique identifiers” and default settings for browsers with a do-not-track option. The W3C will hold the workshop “Do Not Track and Beyond” in Berkeley, CA, in November.
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