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RE: <device> proposal (for video conferencing, etc)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:48:49 +0000 (UTC)
To: David Rogers <david.rogers@omtp.org>
Cc: "Tran, Dzung D" <dzung.d.tran@intel.com>, public-device-apis@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.1001042247100.18750@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, David Rogers wrote:
> 
> Apologies for not responding to this earlier, but I was away. Just a 
> comment on Ian's point about privacy. It depends on the application of 
> the technology as to whether it is privacy sensitive, as a basis abuse 
> case - if proximity is used in my house then there are privacy issues - 
> i.e. I don't want to be burgled.

We may be talking about different kinds of proximity sensors. I was 
referring to the kind of sensor found in, e.g., the iPhone, to detect when 
the phone is being held up to the user's ear. I don't see a privacy 
problem with exposing that data.


> There are a number of other use cases that could be applied - e.g. if I 
> am using web apps to measure control data in a large plant this could be 
> subject to attack (for various reasons).

I agree that external sensors shouldn't be exposed without user-controlled 
explicit per-origin opt-in.


> The potential future applications for device APIs are quite exciting but 
> as I've said before we are connecting the physical world to the internet 
> world and we have to be really careful about how we go about it.

Agreed.

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