Re: Request for well-known URI: dnt-policy.txt

"Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com> Mon, 17 August 2015 17:55 UTC

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Subject: Re: Request for well-known URI: dnt-policy.txt
From: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
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I have to say that this is extremely poor behavior on the part of EFF.

The well-known URI dnt has been agreed to by the W3C working group, including
the EFF, for more than three years.  The purpose for which they are using this
new, confusing, and incredibly inefficient "dnt-policy.txt" resource is identical
to a dnt representation of {tracking="N", compliance=["https://www.eff.org/dnt-policy"]}cy"]}.

IOW, the private EFF registration is non-standard, redundant, and far less
efficient than the existing specification for DNT requires.  That should be
noted in their registration.

....Roy


> On Aug 16, 2015, at 10:56 PM, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net> wrote:
> 
> IANA,
> 
> The registration below is approved; please enter it into the registry of Well Known URIs <https://www.iana.org/assignments/well-known-uris/well-known-uris.xml>.
> 
> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> 
>> From: Alan Toner <at@eff.org>
>> Subject: Request for well-known URI: dnt-policy.txt
>> Date: 12 August 2015 9:52:06 am AEST
>> To: wellknown-uri-review@ietf.org
>> Archived-At: <http://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/msg/wellknown-uri-review/l-6B-xfh-MKOAJ4I-0dlS5oCd-E>
>> 
>> This is a request on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for
>> the registration of the well-known uri: dnt-policy.txt
>> 
>> Websites are asked to post such a file to indicate compliance with EFF's
>> Do Not Track policy.
>> 
>> Uri: dnt-policy.txt
>> 
>> Change controller: Electronic Frontier Foundation, 815 Eddy Street
>> San Francisco, CA 94109-7701
>> 
>> Specification document(s): https://www.eff.org/dnt-policy
>> 
>> There is currently no separate specification document, just the policy
>> itself and a list of previous acceptable versions. Am I correct in
>> believing that a specification will have to be posted in order for this
>> application to be approved?
> 
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> Mark Nottingham   https://www.mnot.net/
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