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Re: Right to privacy & client info strings

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Right to privacy & client info strings
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 16:12:16 -0400 (EDT)

Derek Robert Price writes:
> I'm also talking about some pretty simple information.  Client name & 
> version perhaps.  Platform I can see as invasion of privacy.
> As near as I know, all the web browsers send a client name and version 
> as part of the HTTP protocol.  I haven't heard any objections to that.

Most browsers also include the platform.  For example, my version of
Netscape sets User Agent to:

        Mozilla/4.7 [en] (X11; U; BSD/OS 4.0.1 i386)

And IE:

        Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)

There appears to be on-going discussion of exactly how much platform
information should be provided and whether it should be for the
compilation platform or the run-time platform.  See:


-Larry Jones

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