UPDATE 11/24/2014: Thank you for your interest in the Cookie Clearinghouse. We have stopped work on this project.
This page remains for historical reference only.
Here are a few of the questions we have heard about the Cookie Clearinghouse.
How does the Cookie Clearinghouse relate to Do Not Track?
There are many different tools to help users make privacy decisions online. Right now, the Cookie Clearinghouse and Do Not Track are both in progress, and will both help users manage online tracking. In the future, after there is a published Do Not Track Recommendation from W3C, the Cookie Clearinghouse will evaluate how best to incorporate Do Not Track.
Is the Cookie Clearinghouse a seal program?
No. Unlike a seal program, the Cookie Clearinghouse does not make any judgments about websites, and does not certify websites.
How long will it take before accept-lists and block-lists are available?
We hope to complete Phase I in a few months (by Fall 2013.) Once the lists are in place, it will take time to populate them. Browsers choosing to use the lists will need time to test them before releasing them widely. While we will all work diligently and quickly, it is likely to take months before the entire system is live in a web browser. Browser plugins and addons may be available more quickly.
Who can use accept-lists and block-lists?
We will publish accept-lists and block-lists for anyone to use. We will not charge any fees.
What else would you like to know or tell us about the Cookie Clearinghouse? Please let us know!