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A machine-readable privacy policy is

a statement about a website's privacy practices — such as the collection and use of data — written in a standard computer language (not English text) that software tools such as consumer's web browser can read automatically. For example, when the browser reads a machine-readable policy, the browser can compare the policy to the consumer's browser privacy preferences, and can inform the consumer when these preferences do not match the practices of the website he is visiting. If the consumer decides he does not want to visit websites that sell information to third parties, he might set up a rule that recognizes that policy and blocks such sites or display a warning upon visiting such a site.[1]

References Edit

  1. Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers, at 62 n.305.

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