These just-released documents are the first draft of a broad set of participants and stakeholders in the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group, which includes browser vendors, content providers, advertisers, search engines, as well as experts in policy, privacy, and consumer protection. The W3C organization is encouraging interested parties to review these early drafts.
Current plans are for these documents to become standards by mid-2012.
Read the full press release.
The two first drafts can be perused below:
- Tracking Preference Expression (DNT), which defines mechanisms for users to express cross-site tracking preferences and for sites to indicate whether they honor these preferences.
- Tracking Compliance and Scope Specification, which defines the meaning of a “Do Not Track” preference and sets out practices for websites to comply with this preference.