17 Oct Expert Says “Do Not Track” Option Useless in Keeping User Privacy
A Princeton University expert recently said that the “Do Not Track” function available on most web browsers does little to protect the privacy of users.
Jonathan Mayer, an assistant computer science professor, called the tool a “failed experiment” as it is the equivalent of a “Do No Call” list which a lot of websites mostly ignore. Similar to robots.txt, browsers send out a do not track code to tell websites not to collect personal data. However, it is said that stakeholders involved in the DNT standard could not reach a consensus on how a website should respond to the code, and businesses that do need the data never accepted it as a standard.
DuckDuckGo founder Gabe Weinberg also said that unless a federal law gives the DNT some real regulatory teeth to Do Not Track” passes, the option should be removed from all browsers as it just gives users a false sense of security.