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Re: A comment on Security and Privacy Implications for Contact APIs

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:55:35 +0100
Cc: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>, public-device-apis@w3.org, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <AEF2CA6D-D088-45BB-9654-BD383E3C521B@w3.org>
To: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com
On 27 Jan 2010, at 16:14, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com wrote:

> For the above reasons, it seems to me that an appropriate mechanism for 
> the contacts API will likely involve an ability not just to ask for 
> permission, but to clarify the subset of the contacts for which access is 
> being granted.  It may also be necessary to separate access for purposes 
> of searching vs. access for purposes of display, transmission or 
> republication.

It strikes me that an address book in some ways behaves similarly to a file system:

Just like my file system includes some data that I'm happy to make accessible to some web sites, my address book will include things like a company's hotline.

And then there is the mobile phone number (or the complete dump of a company's LDAP directory) that, if disclosed, will get me into real trouble.

This suggests that building the API so it deals with some specific subset (and generally doesn't make decisions about the *entire* address book) is really important.
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