Do Not Track starting to heat up in the news.
The idea of having the option of browsing anonymously on the web has been out there as a topic of conversation for a while now. It seems to be a slow process to come up with a standard by which all web browser might adhere to in providing that option. And while most browser now support the Do Not Track option for browsing, there is nothing which forces web sites to abide by current proposals which are going around with the W3S. That group can decide what the agreed on standards are for the web, but they have absolutely no authority to enforce anything they happen to approve.
We are seeing talk about proposals for browsers and possible US Government regulation. All of this may not be soon enough for some who do not want to be tracked in any form what so ever. Just look at the uproar over the smart phone location tracking last year. It became big news with threatened Congressional hearings. People are definitely concerned about the ability for legal entities to be able to track them and their movements. And the same applies to movement on the web.
There are a variety of explanations being posted for Do Not Track and a good one is from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. When this is going to see some decisions being made is not really known. That is partly because this involves advertisers and their ability to server up relevant advertising based on your browsing history. With all that money at stake, it may be a while before we see anything of substance being done.
Do you have an opinion about Do Not Track?