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An Overview of the Do Not Track Debate 108

jonathanmayer writes "The Verge is carrying an accurate and accessible overview of the Do Not Track debate. Quoting: '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 come 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?' The issues surrounding Do Not Track can be difficult to understand, owing to rampant rhetoric and spin. This article unpacks the tracking technology, privacy concerns, economic questions, and political outlook. Full disclosure: I'm quoted."
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An Overview of the Do Not Track Debate

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  • by sootman ( 158191 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @06:10PM (#41636845) Homepage Journal

    It's much shorter. :-)

    Your post advocates a

    (x) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

    approach to fighting tracking. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work.

    (x) Dude, fucking seriously. A checkbox to say "Hi marketers, please don't track me!"? What are you, on crack? You've got better odds walking through a bad neighborhood wearing gold chains and a "Please don't mug me" shirt.

    Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

    (x) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.

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