ISSUE-240: Do we need to define context?

Context

Do we need to define context?

State:
CLOSED
Product:
Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)
Raised by:
Justin Brookman
Opened on:
2013-12-18
Description:
Proposals: http://www.w3.org/wiki/Privacy/TPWG/Proposals_on_the_definition_of_context

The definition of tracking that was adopted by the group includes a concept of "context" that some members have asked that the text define more clearly.

Roy Fielding was the author of this definition, and included this language on context in the Call for Objections poll:

The above definition also depends on there being a definition of context that bounds a scope of user activity, though it is not dependent on any particular definition of that term. For example, something along the lines of: "For the purpose of this definition, a context is a set of resources that share the same data controller, same privacy policy, and a common branding, such that a user would expect that data collected by one of those resources is available to all other resources within the same context."

Alternatively, the group might decide that the common sense meaning of context is sufficient, as it more closely approximates a user's general intent in turning on the Do Not Track signal.

We will continue discussion of this topic on the January 8th call, but we encourage discussion of these (and other) ideas on the list in the meantime.
Related Actions Items:
Related emails:
  1. CfO decision on definition of context (ISSUE-240) (from jbrookman@cdt.org on 2014-04-22)
  2. Re: Agenda for March 12 call (from singer@apple.com on 2014-03-12)
  3. Agenda for March 12 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-03-11)
  4. Reminder: Calls for Objections end today (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-02-26)
  5. No WG call tomorrow (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-02-18)
  6. Announcement of Calls for Objections on Issues 241 and 240 (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-02-12)
  7. Re: Agenda for February 12 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-02-11)
  8. Re: Agenda for February 12 call (from john@consumerwatchdog.org on 2014-02-11)
  9. Agenda for February 12 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-02-11)
  10. Re: Question to Chairs on Call-for-objection Process (from Brooks.Dobbs@kbmg.com on 2014-02-11)
  11. Re: Question to Chairs on Call-for-objection Process (from jbrookman@cdt.org on 2014-02-10)
  12. Re: Question to Chairs on Call-for-objection Process (from kulick@yahoo-inc.com on 2014-02-06)
  13. Question to Chairs on Call-for-objection Process (from chris.mejia@iab.net on 2014-02-05)
  14. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from fielding@gbiv.com on 2014-02-05)
  15. Re: Agenda for February 5 call (from john@consumerwatchdog.org on 2014-02-04)
  16. Re: Agenda for February 5 call (from tien@eff.org on 2014-02-04)
  17. RE: Agenda for February 5 call (from wileys@yahoo-inc.com on 2014-02-04)
  18. Agenda for February 5 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-02-04)
  19. RE: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from CPedigo@online-publishers.org on 2014-02-03)
  20. Re: issue-240 (from rob@blaeu.com on 2014-01-29)
  21. Re: issue-240 (from rob@blaeu.com on 2014-01-29)
  22. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014, ISSUE-25 (from jbrookman@cdt.org on 2014-01-29)
  23. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014, ISSUE-25 (from jbrookman@cdt.org on 2014-01-29)
  24. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014 (from rob@blaeu.com on 2014-01-29)
  25. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014 (from kathy@esomar.org on 2014-01-29)
  26. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014 (from rob@blaeu.com on 2014-01-29)
  27. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014 (from sid@mozilla.com on 2014-01-28)
  28. Re: Agenda for January 29, 2014 (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-28)
  29. Agenda for January 29, 2014 (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-28)
  30. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-24)
  31. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from achapell@chapellassociates.com on 2014-01-24)
  32. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from fielding@gbiv.com on 2014-01-22)
  33. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-22)
  34. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from CPedigo@online-publishers.org on 2014-01-22)
  35. Re: Agenda for January 21 call (from singer@apple.com on 2014-01-22)
  36. Agenda for January 21 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-21)
  37. Re: issue-240 (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-15)
  38. issue-240 (from michael.oneill@baycloud.com on 2014-01-15)
  39. issue-240 (from michael.oneill@baycloud.com on 2014-01-15)
  40. ISSUE-240 - Re: Usecases / questions / benchmarks to "validate" the same context definitions (from rob@blaeu.com on 2014-01-14)
  41. Re: Agenda for January 15 (from singer@apple.com on 2014-01-14)
  42. Agenda for January 15 (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-14)
  43. RE: issue-240 - further non normative text to clarify the definition of data collected "across multiple contexts" (from michael.oneill@baycloud.com on 2014-01-10)
  44. Re: issue-240 - further non normative text to clarify the definition of data collected "across multiple contexts" (from fielding@gbiv.com on 2014-01-09)
  45. issue-240 - further non normative text to clarify the definition of data collected "across multiple contexts" (from michael.oneill@baycloud.com on 2014-01-09)
  46. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-08)
  47. RE: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from michael.oneill@baycloud.com on 2014-01-08)
  48. Re: Agenda for January 8, 2014 call (from walter.van.holst@xs4all.nl on 2014-01-08)
  49. Re: Agenda for January 8, 2014 call (from rob@blaeu.com on 2014-01-08)
  50. Re: Agenda for January 8, 2014 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-08)
  51. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-08)
  52. Agenda for January 8, 2014 call (from ninja@w3.org on 2014-01-07)
  53. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from john@consumerwatchdog.org on 2013-12-19)
  54. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from singer@apple.com on 2013-12-19)
  55. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from mts-std@schunter.org on 2013-12-19)
  56. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from tien@eff.org on 2013-12-18)
  57. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from jbrookman@cdt.org on 2013-12-18)
  58. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from rob@blaeu.com on 2013-12-18)
  59. Re: tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from singer@apple.com on 2013-12-18)
  60. tracking-ISSUE-240 (Context): Do we need to define context? [Tracking Preference Expression (DNT)] (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2013-12-18)

Related notes:

Question: do we really need to define the word "context" in this document? Or would it be better to leave it to compliance regimes to define context in their respective compliance documents? I tend to think it's better to leave such definitions out of the TPE, and address them in the compliance docs. I'd like to submit this as an alternative proposal, of not defining "context" in the TPE.

Chris Mejia, 22 Jan 2014, 19:16:49

[ninja]: https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/49311/tpwg-context-240/results

12 Mar 2014, 16:05:42

Text from decision on definition of context added to TPE.

Roy Fielding, 13 Mar 2014, 07:25:12

Closed as we are approaching Last Call with the TPE spec

Ninja Marnau, 9 Apr 2014, 15:24:13

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