Does adding the "Do Not Track" (DNT) to HTTP headers make one a target for extra tracking, such as in-depth browser fingerprinting?

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    As far as I know, the header is pretty much ignored by most websites Dec 19, 2016 at 15:47
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    You may have your tinfoil on too tight. I would hazard that the kind of people who would say "we ought to track people who don't want to be tracked" are already tracking everyone as well as they can.
    – user123931
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:00
  • @notstoreboughtdirt There's got to be a scientific way of testing this, though.
    – Geremia
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:36

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I would say no.

This is from Wiki:

"There are no legal or technological requirements for its use, when it's enabled by default on browsers. As such, websites and advertisers may either honour the request, or completely ignore it in cases where it's automatically set".

So if an organisation wanted to track you and DNT was set, they could just ignore it and carry on and track you anyway. Any respectable organisation that observed DNT would probably not engage in such behaviour.

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    Any respectable organisation We have so many not respecatble organizations on this planet...
    – deviantfan
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:15

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