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Re: Intended usage notification

From: Doug Turner <doug.turner@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 09:46:02 -0700
Cc: Andrei Popescu <andreip@google.com>, Nick Doty <npdoty@ischool.berkeley.edu>, public-geolocation@w3.org
Message-Id: <1372FADB-D9B8-4FD2-A696-429A579C79C1@gmail.com>
To: Henning Schulzrinne <hgs@cs.columbia.edu>
I think that the point is UAs do a lot of work to only provide factual  
text in UI.  Allowing any site to declare its usage and not have any  
way for UAs to verify and enforce this assertion will lead us to a  
place where the browser chrome is less trusted; and that is something  
we aren't going to do.

Furthermore, websites can provide UI, via content, before the security  
dialog appears if they wanted to.  There are existing examples of this  
on the web.


On Apr 8, 2009, at 8:00 AM, Henning Schulzrinne wrote:

> I don't understand that this is a real problem; a simple
> "The site you are visiting is providing the following usage  
> information:"
> makes it clear that this is provided by the web site, not a third  
> party. Particularly on small form factor mobile devices, trying to  
> find this information will be hard, particularly since the pop up  
> asking may well be modal, so that the user can't do anything except  
> click on something.
>> +1. I understand that putting the explanatory text into the browser's
>> permission dialog widget may provide more context for the user's
>> decision but the risk outweighs the advantage, IMHO.
>> Note that in our privacy section we strongly encourage web sites to
>> disclose this information anyway. The proposed wording (thanks to
>> Alissa and others) is
>> "Recipients must clearly and conspicuously disclose the fact that  
>> they
>> are collecting location data, the purpose for the collection (...)"
>> Please see
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-geolocation/2009Apr/0036.html
>> for the full discussion.
>> Thanks,
>> Andrei
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