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An array of tools to ensure security and privacy of the Open Web Platform

As noted in “Better specifications for the sake of the Web” last month, W3C conducts wide reviews for an ever-increasing number of specifications; and Virginie and Richard provided some tips to make those reviews more effective. We’re pleased to add more tools, focused on privacy and security on the Web. Today, the Technical Architecture Group […]
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Do Not Track in the Short, Medium and Long Term

Since we last talked about Do Not Track on this blog, the Tracking Protection Working Group has continued the hard work of making decisions and driving to consensus. The Working Group is now preparing for a face-to-face meeting in October. Furthermore, W3C is holding a broader-looking workshop to take place in November.
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A Time for Compromise on Do Not Track

We last blogged about the Tracking Protection Working Group in June, immediately after the group's face-to-face meeting in Bellevue. That meeting was productive and laid the ground work for further progress. The "Tracking Preference Expression" (DNT) header is now implemented...
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Report from Bellevue: meaningful advances on Do Not Track

As mentioned last week, the difficult and at times controversial discussion of Do Not Track standardization continued with a three-day meeting of the Tracking Protection Working Group in Bellevue, Washington. I want to report briefly on the course of discussion and the progress made, including meaningful advances towards consensus on Do Not Track.
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Tracking Protection and Do Not Track at W3C

We see broad support for specification work on both Tracking Protection Lists and Do Not Track. Furthermore, there is widespread interest in also working towards consensus on the definition of tracking: what is it that a user setting "Do Not Track" asks for, and how do sites comply with such a request? What are the next steps at W3C?
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Web Tracking and User Privacy Workshop: Test Cases for Privacy on the Web

The level of interest and participation in last month's Workshop on Web Tracking and User Privacy — about a hundred attendees spanning multiple countries, dozens of companies, a wide variety of backgrounds — confirms the broad interest in Do Not Track. These discussions are test cases for how we will handle privacy on the Web and how standards can address complex issues involving both technology and policy.
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