Privacy and Data Usage Control Workshop Results Announced

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W3C publishes today a report from the October Workshop on Privacy and data usage control. As the report indicates, there is an obvious tension on the Web between policy imperatives and economic imperatives (namely: advertising fueled by personal data). Participants discussed requirements on the one hand that users have simple interfaces for managing privacy preferences, and on the other that applications support sophisticated context-specific and rich interactions for b2b scenarios. The report includes information about approaches based on notice and consent (focusing on data collection) versus approaches based on accountability (focusing on data use, not collection). Reconciling this tension will require further discussion across different communities. See the report for more information on joining the conversation. Learn more about Web Privacy at W3C, including W3C's next workshop: How can Technology help to improve Privacy on the Internet?, 8-9 December at MIT.

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