W3C P3PTechnology and Society Domain

P3P 1.1 Specification Working Group Charter


  1. Mission Statement
  2. Scope
  3. Duration
  4. Deliverables
  5. Relationship with Other Activities
  6. WG Membership
  7. Meetings
  8. Group Home Page
  9. Intellectual Property
  10. Confidentiality
  11. W3C Team Involvement

Mission Statement

The P3P 1.1 Specification Working Group is chartered primarily to support and maintain the P3P 1.0 Recommendation and develop a P3P 1.1 Recommendation and related W3C Recommendations and Notes. The P3P 1.1 Specification Working Group will also work with the other P3P working groups, the P3P Interest Group, and the P3P Coordination Group to gather suggestions for further P3P development work, help facilitate the deployment of P3P 1.0, and liaison with other Working Groups within the W3C and other organizations to strengthen the position of P3P and foster privacy and trust on the Web.

The continuation of the work on privacy on the Web falls within the Technology and Society Domain.



The P3P 1.1 Specification Working Group will be chartered for sixteen months, beginning in March 2003.


Documents and minutes will be available from the WG public page WG page.

In order to meet the goal of delivering a P3P 1.1 Specification Recommendation within the time frame of this charter, the following milestones are expected to be met:

Relationship with Other Activities

P3P is dependent on the following W3C technologies and IETF technologies:  XML, XML Namespaces, XML Schema, HTML, and HTTP. P3P is also related to the XML Protocol Activity, CC/PP, and mobile web work. XForms, Web Services and VoiceXML should have to address Privacy in their work.

WG membership

The level of participation expected of P3P Specification WG members requires that they become experts in P3P; and that they meet the minimum level of participation specified in the W3C Process Document. In addition, WG members are expected to volunteer for assignments such as following up on public comments; creating examples, guidelines, or test cases; participating in or chairing a task force; and taking minutes at working group meetings. All working group members are expected to review working group minutes and drafts and actively participate in working group discussions. Participation is expected to consume one half day per week of each WG member's time, although the time commitment for the Chair, task force chairs, and editors may require up to two full days per week.

To become a member of the P3P Specification Working Group, a representative of a W3C Member organization must be nominated by their Advisory Committee Representative (please send email to the Working Group chair and the W3C team contact). The nomination must include explicit agreement to this charter, including its goals, an IPR disclosure and the level of effort required of the representative. Membership is also open to invited experts from the community, selected by the chair in order to balance the technical experience of the group. The chair may also appoint non-voting task force members who agree to participate in a specific task force without making a commitment to full Working Group participation.

In order to maintain good standing status, WG members must consistently participate in two out of three working group meetings (both remote and face-to-face), take on working group assignments, and complete working group assignments in a timely fashion. These criteria may be relaxed at the discretion of the WG Chair and Team Contact for WG members who are contributing to the success of the working group but are frequently unable to participate in meetings due to funding, scheduling, or language issues.


The full P3P Specification working group is expected to hold weekly or bi-weekly conference calls and two or three face-to-face meetings. In addition, much of the work of this working group will be done in task forces, which may hold additional conference calls or face-to-face meetings. An up-to-date schedule is kept on the P3P Specification WG homepage at http://www.w3.org/P3P/Group/Specification/

While task forces will be responsible for creating the initial drafts of many of the proposals to be considered by this working group, the full working group will make the final decision about adopting each proposal. Voting rules are as specified in the W3C process.

Minutes of WG meetings shall be reported as required by the Process Document. Minutes are required only to show members present, the results of formal votes, and significant action items; further information may be included at the discretion of the working group chair.

Group Home Page

The P3P Specification WG has a home page that records the history of the group, provides access to the archives, meeting minutes, updated schedule of deliverables, membership list, and relevant documents and resources. It is maintained by the working group chair in collaboration with the W3C staff contact.

Intellectual Property

The P3P 1.1 Specification Group is chartered as a Royalty Free Working Group according to the Current Patent Practice.

The Patent-FAQ helps with the corresponding disclosure-obligations.

The Director will review the pledge made by each Member seeking to participate in the group before approving that Members request to participate.


The work of the P3P Specification WG is generally covered by the usual W3C member confidentiality agreement. However, the WG charter, mailing list archive, and draft documents will be available to the public. A separate mailing list and web page may be established for W3C member-confidential communications and administrative announcements and resources (dial-in numbers for teleconference, meeting logistics, W3C process discussions, etc.).

W3C Team Involvement

The W3C Team expects to dedicate the services of one staff member to serve 80% of his time as staff contact for the P3P activity. About half of his efforts related to the P3P activity will be devoted to the P3P Specification Working Group. In addition, the W3C team will dedicate 20% of the time of one staff member to serve as editor of the P3P Specification document.