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W3C's credibility rocked by the failure of "Do Not Track" and its embrace of DRM on the Web

55 The W3C's tracking preference working group has been seeking to develop a specification for a standard called "Do Not Track" or DNT. The concept behind this standard (which I've written about in detail elsewhere) was to specify how a website or advertiser should respond to a notification expressed by a user (typically through a browser setting) that they do not wish to be tracked online.

Consumer data protection with emerging economies



Worldwide, consumers are required to disclose personal data for transacting businesses online or joining social networks. Companies may utilise these data to earn high profits. However, the disclosure, usage and possible abuse of these data involve significant risks for consumers. The purpose of some free-charge-internet services oftentimes is to gain access to user data, which then afterwards are used for behavioural advertisement purposes by the respective service providers. A number of companies have specialised in trading user data for marketing purposes.

More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance

For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques. Nothing could demonstrate the urgency of this situation more than the revelations confirming the mass surveillance of innocent individuals around the world.

CI's Best Bits coalition challenges the United States on online surveillance

42 CC Attribution Some rights reserved by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML Although the basics have been widely reported, there is still a lot of confusion out there about how all the pieces of the PRISM surveillance scandal fit together, so here's the rundown. First, on Thursday 6 June, came the revelation in the Guardian of a secret court order requiring US phone carrier Verizon to disclose a complete set of records of telephone calls made over a three-month period.

Consumer privacy and data protection


CI aims to ensure that consumers have meaningful control over how their personal information is used.


Numerous privacy issues affect the consumer in the digital age. These include:

Privacy policy



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Advertisers tracking consumers online: Do Not Track at the W3C


Between 2009 and 2012, all of the major Web browser applications added a “Do Not Track” (DNT) preference setting. If this setting is turned on, whenever the user loads a page, or a piece of content on a page, the provider of that page or content is notified that the user does not want to be “tracked” – whatever that means. But the problem is, at this point, there is still no agreed standard on what it does mean, so the setting is presently ineffective.

Consumer-ownable Downloads

The following is page 1 of a 7-page paper entitled, "Toward Consumer-ownable Digital Personal Property".

To see the full article, follow this link:


The Public Voice. Global Privacy standards in a Globlal World. Madrid, Spain November 3

The Public Voice, an international civil society coalition, will discuss: Global Privacy Standards in a Global World; during its conference on November 3, 2009 in Madrid, Spain, to be held in conjunction with the 31st Annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

Event Date and Time: 
03/11/2009 - 08:00 - 18:00

31st International Conference on Privacy and Data Protection

From the event Web site...

The 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Authorities which will be held in Spain, in the Palacio Municipal de Congresos (Congress Palace) of Madrid, on 4 to 6 November 2009, organised by the Spanish Data Protection Agency.

Event Date and Time: 
03/11/2009 - 01:00 - 06/11/2009 - 05:00