Today W3C took a modest but fundamental step in strengthening online privacy protections with the publication of a Last Call Working Draft of Tracking Preference Expression (DNT). The specification plays a key role in addressing user demand for improved control of online privacy. It enables individuals to express their privacy preferences in a simple, stable, scalable, and flexible browser setting. The Tracking Protection Working Group seeks feedback on the TPE specification through 18 June.
Although Tracking Protection Expression is the foundation specification for users to express privacy preferences online, it is not a complete privacy solution. The group will now continue work on its second specification, Tracking Compliance and Scope, which help websites define and describe their responses to the DNT signal. The Tracking Protection Working Group includes browser vendors, content providers, advertisers, search engines, and international experts in policy, privacy, and consumer protection.
Learn more about W3C’s Privacy Activity.