How we handle Do Not Track requests on Medium
At Medium, we take privacy very seriously. While there’s no consensus on how to best honor Do Not Track (“DNT”) requests in browsers, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this question, and want to help define a model of best practices for the entire web. To that end, we have been working closely with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to prototype a program that implements all of their recommendations regarding DNT.
In order to explain this choice succinctly, we now show you the following message when you sign in to Medium with DNT settings enabled or in a private browser window:
You have Do Not Track enabled, or are browsing privately. Medium respects your request for privacy: to read in stealth mode, stay logged out. While you are signed in, we collect some information about your interactions with the site in order to personalize your experience, offer suggested reading, and connect you with your network. More details can be found here.
Cookies are unique identifiers that an internet service attaches to your browser or mobile device in order to recognize you. If you enable DNT in your browser, it sends us a header when you fetch a webpage, requesting that we do not track your movements online through cookies or other means.
We have crafted a policy that honors DNT requests to the best of our technological abilities, and is also true to our vision of the personalized experience we’d like to provide our users. We intend to be part of the ongoing debate about DNT, and are going to keep fine-tuning our implementation. We think this conversation is important for user privacy, and we hope it will help us all decide whether and how to best support DNT.