European Data Protection Digest

Working Group Says DNT Should Be Default

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

July 3, 2013

The EU’s International Working Group on Data Protection has released a whitepaper on online behavioural advertising, reports the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The working group says in its release that World Wide Web Consortium efforts to create a Do-Not-Track mechanism could serve as a “sugar pill instead of a proper cure and would such be useless.” The working group recommends that the default setting be that users are not tracked. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s newest version of Internet Explorer (IE) allows users to grant permission for specific websites to log their movements, and following criticism over its plans to move forward with a project to block third-party cookies in Firefox, Mozilla’s Harvey Anderson said  there’s “no constitutional right that allows people to modify my computer.”
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