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Internet users will receive a warning if sites do not respect their privacy thanks to new tools being developed by the web’s standards setting body.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) wants to help users control how their personal data is managed.

It is designing controls to shield personal data and reveal when sites do not honour privacy requests.

The W3C now wants users, browser makers and businesses to help finish and implement the specifications.

“Users have the feeling they are being being tracked and some users have privacy concerns and would like to solve them,” said Dr Matthias Schunter from IBM who chairs the W3C group drawing up the Do Not Track technologies.

Co-ordination

The working group is defining software specifications that will:

  • let browser settings tell websites to do less tracking
  • let websites acknowledge privacy requests
  • define best practices for sites so they can comply with different privacy needs : SRC