Consumer Privacy



It looks like it’s time for a do-over for DNT. The oft-maligned specification has become—like many other standards efforts before it—a political football. Parties with interests on both sides of the issue have their own agendas, cannot agree on semantics and ignore, in this case, what should be the heart of the issue for users—a clear personal choice about browsing privacy.

Some of the nation’s largest wireless carriers say they last year collectively received some 1.3 million requests from law enforcement for customers’ phone records – a number that continues to rise. The information shared with police includes geolocation information, content of text messages, wiretaps and aggregated cell tower activity for a specific block of time.

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