A new web technology has been developed that allows Internet users track the transmission of their private data and monitor how it is being used online. As more of the data moves online, a more pressing concern may be its inadvertent misuse by people authorized to access it. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
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Researchers in the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) believe the solution may be transparency rather than obscurity, so they’re developing a protocol they call ‘HTTP with Accountability,’ or HTTPA, which will automatically monitor the use of private data. Also Read - Mobile internet suspended in Haryana till 5PM on February 1, 2021
Oshani Seneviratne, an MIT graduate said that it’s not difficult to transform an existing website into an HTTPA-aware website.