PC World: Standards Group Updates Privacy Proposal

“With a key proof-of-concept event looming in June, the
leaders of a World Wide Web Consortium working group on Tuesday
outlined changes to an Internet privacy proposal they expect to
finalize later this year.”

“The newly released working draft of the W3C’s Platform for
Privacy Preferences Project, which offers Web sites a way to
communicate their privacy policies in a standard machine-readable
format, calls for online users to receive a snapshot of a site’s
privacy policy before they send any data to the site. They also
would receive a warning if any health care information will be

“But despite the W3C working group’s three-and-a-half-year
effort to appease businesses, privacy advocates, technologists, and
governmental officials, the P3P proposal continues to draw some
skeptical comments from interested parties who question whether the
proposal can adequately address the privacy concerns.”


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