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So How Could Icons be Used To Clearly Inform the User of the Level of Risk to Personally Identifiable Information?

Some sources from the US introduce recent developments as indicated in the comments below.  Also, one EU observer has outlined some historical background that may be a worthwhile point of departure for elaboration, debate, evaluation, or correction.  See M. Hansen’s, Putting Privacy Pictograms into Practice — A European Perspective

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    One approach that has been identified in recent days stems from the collaboration of and TRUSTe. An overview of an icon system is available at

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of that approach? Could another approach provide clearer guidance or offer clarity more simply? Look, for instances, at “Expected Collection” and ask yourself if it is easy to follow the color coding? Is it consistent with the color coding of the other icons? How many icons should an icon system deploy? Are the Icons sufficiently clear from their appearance and graphic qualities?

    What have others at Mozilla, the FTC, WC3, NIST, and CDT, as well as across the globe, suggested about what would it take to deploy the most useful icon system? Should it address the facts, the degree of transparency, the applicable legal standards, and different legal systems? if so, how? Is the browser integration used by optimal? Does a centralized certification process, rather than self-certification process or decentralized certification process, have the greatest promise? If not, could other approaches better avoid bottleneck control over the icon attribution process? Share your insights?