November 27, 2012 | By Lee Tien

Do Not Track Update: Professor Peter Swire to Co-Chair W3C Tracking Protection Working Group

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced today that it appointed Prof. Peter Swire of Ohio State University’s Moritz School of Law as a new co-chair of its Tracking Protection Working Group (TPWG), which is working on the Do Not Track (DNT) standard. Swire is no newcomer to the DNT debate, and criticized current online behavioral advertising industry self-regulation this summer.

Swire will join current TPWG co-chair Matthias Schunter, who will focus on the Do Not Track protocol specification. Swire will lead the TPWG's work on DNT compliance, replacing Aleecia M. McDonald, a well-known privacy researcher and Resident Fellow at the Stanford Center for Information & Society.

While we've enjoyed working with McDonald through the multi-stakeholder process and are sorry to see her move on, we look forward to working with Swire on hammering out powerful standards for protecting online privacy. Congratulations, Professor Swire.

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