Submission request to W3C

We, representatives of Microsoft Corporation hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification comprising the document(s) linked below:

  1. Privacy and Profiling on the Web
  2. embedding (image1.gif)
  3. embedding (image2.gif)

which collectively are referred to as "the submission". We request the submission be known as the "Web Privacy" submission.


This document provides a proposed specification for protecting individual privacy rights on the World-Wide-Web and further offers an extensible mechanism for profiling of users. We have referenced several existing Web standards within and have attempted to leverage the rich extensiblity model of XML as much as possible. It is expected that this document provide a basis for work within the Consortium on privacy and profiling issues, aka the P3 Project. By using XML and avoiding ties to any runtime architecture or API's, we hope to see a multitude of implementations quickly and readily available.

Intellectual property Rights

Microsoft agrees that, upon adoption of this contribution as a W3C standard, any W3C member will be able to obtain a license from Microsoft to implement and use the technology described in this contribution for the purposes of supporting the Internet Standard on a royalty-free basis. One condition of this license shall be the party's agreement to not assert patent rights against Microsoft and other companies for their implementation of the Internet Standard. Microsoft expressly reserves all other rights it may have in the material and subject matter of this contribution.




The submission may distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee.

The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee.


The following points should be noted as regards licensable technology involved in any third party implementations of the technology specified in the submission: there are patented and copywritten technologies discussed herein which are not necessarily owned or licensed by Microsoft. Microsoft makes no assertions about the availability of these third-party rights.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium work on the proposal as part of the P3 Project and that it move forward as a candidate for Recommendation. Further, we request that the proposal be immediately posted on the W3C website as a public note.


To help with this work, we expect to be able to provide reference implementations in a variety of languages as well as one ongoing fulltime Microsoft engineer to consult and contribute to the implmentation and design of the final specification.

Change control

Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future versions to be produced by W3C process.


Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed to: Thomas Reardon, thomasre@microsoft.com


this 2nd day of June, 1997,
Microsoft Corp.