WEB STANDARDS BODY the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has published two draft documents that it expects could let internet users browse in a more private and secure manner.
The W3C said that it is reacting to rising concerns about privacy on the internet, and said that its draft standards will give users more control, or rather, the ability to set their own preferences, about online tracking.
The first draft standard, Tracking Preference Expression, is a set of standards that will let users "express" what cross-site tracking preferences they want to use, and require web sites to say whether or nor they will honour them.
The second, Tracking Compliance and Scope Specification, defines the meaning of a "Do Not Track" preference and the practices that web sites must adopt if they want to comply.
"We know there are many types of users. Some eagerly welcome the benefits of personalised web services, while others value their privacy above all else," said Aleecia McDonald of the Mozilla Foundation and co-chair of the W3Cs Tracking Protection Working Group.
"Do Not Track puts users in control, so they can choose the tradeoffs that are right for them. I congratulate the Working Group members on meeting this milestone, and I am delighted by the constructive discussions we have had as we work to reach consensus decisions." µ
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