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List of comments on “Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)” (dated 26 January 2012)

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Comment LC-2589
Commenter: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org> on behalf of Do-Not-Track Community Group (archived message)
Context: Document as a whole
First, the introduction is written from the industry standpoint; e.g. the rationale for DNT is “we don’t want to offend the user because this leads to lost revenue,” rather than “the user has certain privacy rights that we must respect.” Moreover, as noted above, users’ privacy interests are aligned against both commercial and government actors.

Second, we are concerned about the presence of statements like “Advertising revenue is the single largest source of funding on the Web.” We do not know if this is true and we question its relevance here. The Internet includes vast non-commercial contributions of universities, government, libraries, nonprofit organizations and individual users. We expect that the W3C DNT standard will be adopted by these non-commercial entities as well.
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Comment LC-2590
Commenter: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org> on behalf of Do-Not-Track Community Group (archived message)
Context: Document as a whole
Third, the document frequently uses the term “cross-site tracking,” and we think it should simply refer to “tracking.”
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Comment LC-2591
Commenter: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org> on behalf of Do-Not-Track Community Group (archived message)
Context: Closed Issues ISSUE-2: What is the meaning of DNT (Do Not T...
As noted earlier, we do not wish to prevent user-agent vendors from shipping with a default of DNT: 1, and we have some concern that the current language may do so. We believe that the current statement of ISSUE-4 permits user-agents to ship with DNT enabled. We equally believe that user-agents should not ship with a default of DNT:0.
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Comment LC-2593
Commenter: John Simpson <john@consumerwatchdog.org> on behalf of Do-Not-Track Community Group (archived message)
Context: Closed Issues ISSUE-2: What is the meaning of DNT (Do Not T... (Resolution of ISSUE-40 in particular)
These issues appear related. We strongly prefer that DNT settings persist across sessions until modified by the user. We do not object to the standard’s permissiveness here as a technical matter—when the DNT header is sent, servers need not “remember” previous sessions—but DNT will be significantly more valuable to users, and will better meet users’ expectations, if DNT need not reset each time users visit a website. A non-normative reference about the value of persistence may be appropriate here.
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