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Web Privacy with P3P

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Web Privacy with P3P

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Web Privacy with P3P by Lorrie Faith Cranor ISBN: 0-596-00371-4 Published: 2002 Pages: 321 pp.; softcover Price: $39.95

Available from: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472; 800/998-9938; www.oreilly.com

Who isn't concerned with Web privacy these days? Even the spammers want to keep their own privacy so the rest of us can't find them. This book provides a thorough overview of the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P), a technology developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that allows both Web site users and producers to state their privacy preferences through a negotiated agreement.

The author, who is the chair of theP3P Working Group at the W3C, clearly knows her stuff. More importantly, she can convey her knowledge in a way that is clearly understandable to non-techies.

The book is divided into four parts. The first gives an overview of the privacy concerns that led to the development of P3P, along with an explanation of what the technology can do and why you would want to use it. …

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