Feb 022010
 
 February 2, 2010  Featured News, Online

Declan McCullagh writes:

Unless you speak lawyerse as a second language, a Web site’s privacy policy can seem as incomprehensible as the loudspeakers on New York City subways.

The organization behind Firefox, the world’s second most popular Web browser, has embarked on an ambitious project to change this. Instead of forcing people concerned about privacy to scroll through pages of “notwithstanding anything to the contrarys,” the Mozilla Foundation is designing a standard set of colored icons to reveal how data-protective–or how intrusive–Web sites are.

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The challenge for the organization will be avoiding the problems that plagued P3P, or Platform for Privacy Preferences, an earlier effort to convince publishers to rate their own sites in a standard manner. Almost from the moment of its launch more than a decade ago, P3P began a long slide into irrelevance, and today major sites like Google.com, Apple.com, CNN.com, and Twitter.com do not use P3P to summarize their privacy policies.

Read more on CNET.

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