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Re: skeleton draft regarding fingerprinting guidance

From: Georg Koppen <g.koppen@jondos.de>
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:45:21 +0100
Message-ID: <50C4EA51.6060705@jondos.de>
To: Fred Andrews <fredandw@live.com>
CC: W3C Public Privacy <public-privacy@w3.org>

> I was trying to give a parallel example that readers might be familiar with.  Readers might not expect mention of personal safety in such guidance.

some might, some might not, sure.

> What is the purpose of including a few unqualified stories about personal safety?

Well, actually, I don't see any (unqualified) stories at all in the
particular section you are probably alluding to. Rather, it is a quite
abstract outline of a particular threat of a particular user group.
But "## Privacy threat models" (note the plural) indicates that this is
exactly the reason why this threat is mentioned there, not looking at
the amount of people who are concerned about it.

> I suggest it is unlikely that readers will empathize and more likely that readers will conclude that your environment is extreme and not relevant to them. 

That might be true. But as I understand it the purpose of this section
is not to describe the threat most users who are interested in this
topic currently have. It is one that can be found in reality and should
thus be mentioned even if it were only for the sake of completeness.


>> Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 20:25:34 +0100
>> From: g.koppen@jondos.de
>> To: fredandw@live.com
>> CC: npdoty@w3.org; public-privacy@w3.org
>> Subject: Re: skeleton draft regarding fingerprinting guidance
>>> I suggest removing any discussion of 'Personal safety and anonymous browsing', as it does not seem relevant.  For example, we all accept that losing security of our web banking signin details is a threat and do not require a list of stories showing how this could be damaging.
>> Could you elaborate on this? You are neither talking about personal
>> physical safety nor about anonymous browsing in your arguments but about
>> security. Thus, I don't see why that discussion should get removed.
>> Georg

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