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ComputerWorld: Microsoft backs P3P Net privacy standard

Apr 12, 2000, 18:54 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

"Richard Purcell, Microsoft's director of corporate privacy, said the company would deliver tools this fall based on the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P). He made the announcement at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference, which took place last week in Toronto."

"P3P is being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an Internet standards body that plans to finalize the platform this summer. Microsoft's P3P tools would convert a company's privacy statements into a machine-readable format. This way, users would be warned if a site they are visiting gathers more personal information than they are willing divulge or if a site distributes data to outside parties."

"To create these news tools, Microsoft will update its Privacy Wizard to generate a P3P-compliant XML object that will be able to interpret and describe a Web site's privacy statement. The company will also offer a P3P-based add-on to its Internet Explorer browser and the competing Netscape Communications Corp. browser."

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