Minimal disclosure for browsers

Not five minutes after pressing enter on my previous post a friend wrote back and challenged me to compare IE's behavior with that of Firefox.  I don't like doing product comparisons but clearly this is a question others will ask so I'll share the results with you:

Results:  behavior of the two browsers are essentially identical.  In both cases, my browser was uniquely identified.

Conclusion:  we need to work across the industry to align browsers with minimal disclosure principles.  How much information needs to be released to a site we don't trust yet?  To what extent can the detailed information currently release be collapsed into non-identifying categories?  When there is some compelling reason to release detailed information, how do we inform the user that the site wants to obtain a fingerprint?

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Kim Cameron

Work on identity.