by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 1st 2010 2:51pm
So a lot of folks are talking about the FTC's new plan for a "Do Not Track" system, which would be a browser-based tool that would let people indicate that they do not want various marketing/advertising/tracking tools to track their internet surfing. While I appreciate the FTC's general concern about privacy, I'm sort of wondering why it needs to be involved at all, if the idea is to create a browser-based system for this. There are already technological tools out there to do much of what the FTC appears to want. You can disable cookies or use tools like No Script to block most tracking efforts already. So what does the FTC's push do that isn't already being done by the market?
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