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Worried about greedy online merchants snooping around your harddrive when you visit their e-stores? Wondering how much personalinformation a site actually collects and stores about you? You might beinterested in P3P, an upcoming privacy standard that hopes to bring greatertransparency to the way personal information is used over the Web.

  1. Understanding P3P
  2. Private Thoughts
  3. Data Overload
  4. Off Target
  5. Endgame
By: Vikram Vaswani, (c) Melonfire
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January 03, 2002

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While P3P is not yet an official W3C recommendation, the specification is almost final, with the most recent Working Draft published in September 2001. Consequently, a number of companies, most notably IBM, Microsoft and, have begun adding P3P support into upcoming products; you'll find early P3P support in Internet Explorer 6.0 and AT&T WorldNet browsers.

If you're interested in learning more about P3P, you might want to consider visiting the following links:

The P3P FAQ, at http://www.w3.org/P3P/p3pfaq.html

The W3C's official P3P specification, at http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-P3P-20010928/

A W3C guide to defining and publishing a P3P-compliant privacy policy for your site, at http://www.w3.org/P3P/details.html

Examples and links to implementations of the P3P specification, at http://www.w3.org/P3P/implementations

And that's about it for the moment. I hope you found this article useful, and that it offered some broad insight into the why and how of P3P. Till next time...stay healthy!

Note: Examples are illustrative only, and are not meant for a production environment. YMMV!

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