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Your Privacy - Although your ISP and crawlers collect and maintain all of you internet "history" for usually three years.. we do not need or want any of your personal information what so ever.

From Wikipedia ...

Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to stop information about themselves from becoming known to people other than those they choose to give the information to. Privacy is sometimes related to anonymity although it is often most highly valued by people who are publicly known. Privacy can be seen as an aspect of security and one in which trade-offs between the interests of one group and another can become particularly clear.

Privacy may be voluntarily sacrificed, normally in exchange for perceived benefits, but often with little benefit and very often with specific dangers and losses. An example of voluntary sacrifice is entering a competition; a person gives personal details (often for advertising purposes), so they have a chance of winning a prize. Another example is where information voluntarily shared is later stolen or misused such as in identity theft.

 

Overview of P3P

As the World Wide Web became a genuine medium in which to sell products and services, Electronic commerce websites tried to collect more information about the people who purchased their merchandise. Some companies used controversial practices such as tracker cookies to ascertain the users' demographic information and buying habits, using this information to provide specifically targeted advertisements. Users who saw this as an invasion of privacy would sometimes turn off HTTP cookies altogether, or use anonymous proxy servers to keep their personal information secure.

 

The Platform for Privacy Preferences Project, or P3P, is a protocol designed to give users more control of their personal information when browsing Internet Websites. P3P was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and was officially recommended on April 16, 2002.

 

Criticisms

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has been critical of P3P and believe it will make it too difficult to protect a user's privacy [2] (http://www.epic.org/reports/prettypoorprivacy.html). P3P is relying on each individual website to be honest with its policy files, as P3P-enabled browsers are unable to physically test that the site's privacy policy actually functions as advertised.

As people become comfortable with P3P it may be limiting the perceived need of related privacy legislation.

 
 

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