Attached please find a document entitled “What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification.” For tonight, the document will speak for itself. It is available at: http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/2013-july-decision/
The Tracking Protection Working Group was chartered “to improve user privacy and user control by defining mechanisms for expressing user preferences around Web tracking and for blocking or allowing Web tracking elements.” The group reached an important series of decision points this summer, when participants submitted change proposals after the May face-to-face meeting. The co-chairs here record the group decision on one change proposal that presents a fork in the road, after the Digital Advertising Alliance and related participants asked to move to a new draft text. After consideration, the chairs have determined that the group has rejected that change proposal, finding it at odds with our chartered aims and the weight of group consensus.
The question before the group was whether to change its base text for the continued work on the Compliance Specification, to adopt the version proposed by the DAA or to continue addressing issues against the text proposed to the group in June. We conclude, based on the comments submitted, that the June Draft provides a better basis from which to address the criteria for a W3C standard, as understood in the Working Group, than does than the DAA Proposal. We thus will continue to use the June Draft as the base text and work through the remaining issues raised. We will not revisit the choices presented in the DAA change proposal and rejected in this decision.