W3C Workshop: Do Not Track and Beyond 26-27 November 2012, Berkeley, California


Out of the April 2011 W3C workshop on Web Tracking and User Privacy, W3C chartered its Tracking Protection Working Group, which commenced work in September. The Working Group has produced drafts of Do Not Track specifications, concurrent with various implementations in browsers and Web sites and along side heightened press and policymaker attention. Meanwhile, public concern over online privacy — be it tracking, online social networking or identity theft — remains.

Goals and Scope

This workshop serves as a forum for the W3C membership and the public to discuss the Consortium's next steps in the area of tracking protection and Web privacy. What have we learned from Do Not Track standardization and real-world implementations? Furthermore, undoubtedly support for privacy on the Web platform cannot end with Do Not Track: what should we look at next and beyond DNT?
The workshop is geared to a broad set of stakeholders, including implementers from the mobile and desktop space, large and small content delivery providers, advertisement networks, search engines, policy and privacy experts, consumer advocates, and other parties with an interest in Web tracking, tracking protection and related technologies. We specifically invite participants from industries that might respond to a Do Not Track preference or use DNT and related technologies for user transparency and choice beyond online behavioral advertising: including, for example, email marketing, mobile application development and online social networking.
Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
  • Directions for, and input to, the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group's ongoing work on Do Not Track.
  • Preliminary implementation experience and impact evaluations of Do Not Track and related approaches.
  • Candidates for future W3C standardization on tracking protection in particular, and on user privacy on the Web in general.
  • Trends in online privacy issues and potential techniques to address new concerns.

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