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Attorney: W3C Should Halt Proceedings

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 6, 2013

An attorney advising industry organizations on privacy issues has asked the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to halt all proceedings following its decision to extend its charter, MediaPost reports.  The W3C recently announced the renewal of its charter through 2014, a move attorney Alan Chapell says was not done in a “transparent manner” and “constitutes a fatal flaw that will negatively impact the legitimacy of this group’s output unless rectified.” The W3C has been working to forge advocacy and industry consensus on a do-not-track mechanism for the last two years. W3C Chair Peter Swire, CIPP/US, says he did not predict an extension of the group’s charter would stir controversy and the group should proceed.
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