Over 30 leading technology companies, privacy advocates, and
other organisations gathered yesterday in New York City to conduct
the first public tests and demonstrate implementations of the
Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P), an initiative by
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).22 Jun 2000
The W3C is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. It was created to develop common protocols that promote the internet’s evolution and ensure its interoperability.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce have already stated that they will operate the new privacy system. In addition, several prominent corporations including Proctor & Gamble and IBM have confirmed that their sites at least partially satisfy the P3P requirements. Further support for the project comes from Microsoft who have confirmed that P3P technology will be present in forthcoming versions of Windows and Internet Explorer.