W3C For Immediate Release

W3C Announces Peter Swire as new Co-Chair for Do Not Track Standard

28 November 2012 — Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announces the appointment of Peter Swire as co-Chair of the Tracking Protection Working Group. The group is working to define the Do Not Track protocol, and to establish agreement about what compliance with the Do Not Track signal will mean in practice. A law professor at the Ohio State University and veteran of the Clinton and Obama administrations (in the US), Swire brings significant experience in consensus-building and broad expertise on privacy matters to the table.

"W3C's Do Not Track process is designed to foster an Internet that users globally can trust," said Swire, "with consumer choice, transparency about privacy practices, and continued innovation that brings diverse content to all those who use the Internet."

The Tracking Protection Working Group is chartered to seek a consensus-based solution for Do Not Track, part of W3C’s work on a complete Open Web Platform. Participants represent the advertising and publishing ecosystems, browser makers, consumer groups, relevant governmental agencies and other stakeholders.

"A global Do Not Track standard will enable Web sites to honor consumers' privacy preferences, while maintaining technical flexibility and supporting innovation," said Thomas Roessler, W3C Technology and Society Domain Lead. "We look forward to Peter Swire’s broadly respected leadership on this project."

Swire will lead the group’s work on the compliance aspects of the Do Not Track. In this role, he replaces Aleecia M. McDonald, who is stepping down. Matthias Schunter (Intel) will continue to co-chair the group, focusing on the Do Not Track protocol specification.

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