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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Following the introduction of a "Do not follow"feature in modern browsers at the end of last year, Wikinews interviewed several companies and groups on the feature.

DuckDuckGo

Gabriel Weinberg, founder of DuckDuckGo
Image: Gabriel Weinberg.

DuckDuckGo Desktop
Image: Gabriel Weinberg.

A crowdsourced search engine DuckDuckGo reviewed the feature and launched a whatisDNT microsite in December. The review consisted of checking answers to basic questions, such as whether websites stopped training user profile according to the online activity of users or stopping the display Targeted advertising. Wikinews interviewed Gabriel Weinberg, founder of DuckDuckGo, about the launch of the microsite and DuckDuckGo's opinion about the feature.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) What motivated the launch of DuckDuckGo (I think it was around 2006?)?

Gabriel Weinberg: We launched on September 25, 2008, while I was working there for about a year. The initial motivation was to try a search engine with a different user interface, using more structured content (like that of Wikipedia) and more aggressively suppressing spam.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) What does the DuckDuckGo team use instead of Gmail?

GW: We do not have corporate email accounts (beyond the transfer), so everyone uses what they want. Personally, I'm using outlook.com right now.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) When and how did DuckDuckGo start using Perl? What influenced this decision and choice of language?

GW: We started at Perl. I picked it up at MIT where it was spilled in the late '90s and I hardly ever looked back. This worked very well for a project like this one, which contains a lot of text and can use a lot of existing aids (CPAN) libraries.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) How did you hear about the "DoNotTrack" feature for the first time?

GW: I do not remember, but it was a long time ago :). The concept Not to follow was proposed many years ago.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) When did you start http://whatisDNT.com/? Who worked on it? What research, tests and studies have been involved?

GW: We launched the microsite, which is not tracked on December 19, 2012, and various members of the DuckDuckGo team worked on it (including myself). We have been following this closely for a while and we are aware of everything that is going on. Honestly, no test proves its ineffectiveness because companies like Google are telling you right now that they do not honor it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) A search engine that does not follow users seems fine. What do you recommend users do not follow by * other * websites, such as blogs with targeted ads in the sidebar?

GWNote: It depends on the web browser you are using for details, but for each main web browser, there are tools you can install (in addition to DuckDuckGo extensions) to protect you in various scenarios. Ghostery, DoNotTrackMe and HTTPS Everywhere are just some of the software available in several browsers. These help protect you while not really changing your browsing experience. Other tools do more, but have an impact on your browsing experience, like Tor and NoScript.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) What is your opinion about ad blocking tools such as AdBlockPlus and NoScript that are ideally aimed at blocking third parties?

GW: I think they're efficient in their work, and that's fine if you're a consumer who wants this experience. However, they are not for everyone because they degrade the ability to navigate, especially NoScript.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Do you think the DoNotTarget option should exist (if it is consistently followed)?

GW: Absolutely. My main problem with the DoNotTrack parameter right now is that it is misleading. If you are using a major web browser, you have the Do not Track setting, but it has almost no effect. It's a false sense of security.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) In your opinion, what is the ideal business behavior when it comes to creating a profile for a user? Would you ideally prohibit any activity of this type using long-term legislative regulations?

GW: Yes, I think that an analogy with the list of excluded phone numbers is appropriate. By applying this analogy, if you were on a Do not Track list, companies should not follow you unless you explicitly ask them to do so, for example. by logging in and accepting the terms of use. This will happen, however, only through legislative means.

Opera

Flage Bratsberg, product consulting, ASA Software Opera

Wikinews also interviewed Haakon Flage Bratsberg, product consultant at Opera Software, the company behind the Opera web browser.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Have you heard of support for the "Do not track" feature in modern browsers? What do you think?

Haakon Flage Bratsberg: The Opera browser for desktops has been supporting Do Not Track since version 12, and Opera Software is participating in the W3C Monitoring Protection Working Group.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Since not all companies respect this setting, do you think his name is misleading? Do you think it could be better named "Do not target" instead?

HFB: This is our main concern about the features of DNT technology: it is possible to give users a false sense of security.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Do you think that all websites must respect the preferences of TSD users in the long run?

HFB: In general, we believe that websites must comply with their standards, including the current TSD proposal.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Ideally, do you want to respect the preferences of DNT users legally?

HFB: There are obvious limitations to a purely self-regulating approach, but we hope that self-regulation will provide a sufficient and satisfactory result in this case.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) In your opinion, what is the ideal solution to resolve the misleading situation with DoNotTrack that you recognized in your answer to the second question?

HFB: First of all, I do not personally think that the name of DoNotTrack is misleading. However, the challenge is to have a significant standard whereby users can always be aware of the risks that this may entail without giving a false sense of security. For example, your browser's "private mode" does not prevent your ISP from always knowing which websites you visit, websites may collect information about you, and so on. This only removes the trace of the sites you visited in your "browser". Similarly, websites may accidentally or intentionally be configured to violate the DNT signal. There is always a risk of red agents.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) How do you envisage the approach of "self-regulation"? How would it work?

HFB: Self-regulation basically means that different stakeholders, without any legal obligation to do so, adhere to a set of rules, such as an industry technical specification, such as the W3C monitoring protection standards. My opinion is that DNT would be a success if all the key players involved in the process were complying with the standards. The extent to which compliance with the technical standard is sufficient to comply with the laws of its respective country, for example in the EU or the US, is still an open question.

Mozilla

Wikinews contacted the Mozilla press service and obtained answers from the Mozilla Corporation.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) When and why did you decide to start supporting the Do not Track feature?

Mozilla: Mozilla introduced Do Not Track in the Firefox browser of the desktop in January 2011 and, in June 2011, Firefox for Android became the first mobile browser to support the Do Not Track feature.M: We support Do Not Track because we believe it's crucial to give users control over their online experience. The purpose of not to follow is to give users persistent and accessible choice and control without impeding the valuable personalization and advertising that feeds the Web economy. We are looking for ways to give users better insight and control over how their personal information is collected, used, stored and shared.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Do you think that all websites must respect the preferences of TSD users in the long run?

MMozilla is actively working with companies that have started to implement Do Not Track and with others who have committed to do so. In the end, the goal is for all industry stakeholders to trust and respect the long-term signal.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) The attitude of Firefox towards DNT is … interesting! Thanks for the answers.

Wikimedia

Wikinews contacted the Wikimedia Jay Walsh, Senior Director of Communications at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Have you heard of support for the "Do not track" feature in modern browsers? What do you think?

Portrait of Jay Walsh, 2008
Image: Lane Hartwell.

Jay Walsh: We are familiar with this feature of browsers. This allows the user to delete the user's tracking, including cookies. This disrupts much of the technology used by digital advertising services to track users on sites, etc. For most users of Foundation projects, they would have no problem using projects if they had activated the Do not Track option on their browser. The only problem they might have is removing the message banners on the projects (such as the fundraising banner) may not be entirely predictable – the banners may reappear after being fired.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Since not all companies respect this setting, do you think his name is misleading? Do you think it could be better named "Do not target" instead?

JW: I do not know if you're talking about browser creation companies or web companies. Many users who enable this service are aware that by disabling user tracking, they effectively prevent the targeting of ads or content. We are not a navigation software organization, so it's not a topic we spend a lot of time on. However, I think it's safe to say that our community (who are very active, who advocate for free) wants to get the maximum transparency and clarity of this kind of features for users.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Do you think that all websites must respect the preferences of TSD users in the long run?

JW: This is not really a question to which we are best placed to answer. Obviously, we take this kind of thing very seriously. From a software development point of view, we would never want to confuse or frustrate a user by bypassing a feature such as not following. We would like all websites to respect their user's preferences and their desire for privacy, of course. Obviously, we are all looking for an Internet that relies more and more on tracking technology to achieve its business objectives.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves right.png)) Ideally, do you want to respect the preferences of DNT users legally?

JW: This would be a question for our legal counsel. But I'm sure it's a topic on which we would like to deepen our research before thinking. Since we are a non-profit organization and we have fairly limited resources, it is not always possible for us to have legal opinions on all matters.

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