Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:06 UTC
Internet & Networking "With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a good time to examine what Do Not Track is. How did the standard came to be, what does it do, and how does it stand to change online advertising? Is it as innocuous as privacy advocates make it sound, or does it stand to jeopardize the free, ad-supported internet we've all come to rely on?" Do Not Track is inherently flawed because it gives people a false sense of security. Other than perhaps well-known and accountable sites, nobody's going to abide by it anyway. We don't need nonsense like DNT - we need to educate people about that 'private browsing' button. Everybody's already using it for porn anyway; shouldn't be hard to let people know what other things it can be used for.
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I had to stop reading after this bit
by darknexus on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:25 UTC
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to create an online equivalent of the successful nationwide Do Not Call list — a single list of opt-outs that all telemarketers had to respect.

There are three things wrong with this statement, and any news source worth its salt should have made the effort to find this out:
1. The do not call list must explicitly be requested by telemarketers,
2. They do not technically have to respect it even if they request it. It's a massive list of phone numbers (sometimes with names if you put your name on it) that is out for public consumption. Even if legally they must respect it, you have no way to prove whether a company did or did not. As it's available easily, even if you make a claim against a company, it becomes your word against theirs and we know what the US government does when it comes to the word of a business against the word of an individual.
3. There are many exceptions to the do not call list, noteably for political campaign calling and other types of services falling under this type of category. This can be interpreted as broadly as one can get away with, like much of the laws here.
As a result of these things, one can hardly call this list a success. Do not track does, in fact, remind me of this list because, like the list, it's a standard that no one actually has to comply with. It's theater, pure and simple.

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