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Re: Do we need capabilities?

From: Harald Alvestrand <harald@alvestrand.no>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:26:36 +0100
Message-ID: <4F1EA37C.1010706@alvestrand.no>
To: Neil Stratford <nstratford@voxeo.com>
CC: public-webrtc@w3.org
On 01/24/2012 10:18 AM, Neil Stratford wrote:
> On 24/01/2012 03:04, Anant Narayanan wrote:
>> (Starting as a separate thread, to document objections to
>> getCapabilities)
>
>> 1. I think we can all agree that exposing capabilities without user
>> consent of any form is not what we really want. If the current
>> getCapabilities() is able to be invoked by any web page without any
>> indication to the user, it is a massive privacy invasion. Ad services
>> will then be able to add more bits of reliable information in order
>> to personally identify visitors (they already know too much!).
>
> I agree, getCapabilities() does require user approval, which could 
> also be used to pre-approve access for a later getUserMeida() request.
Hmm..... perhaps this is a place where we can recast the language of 
discourse....

if getCapabilities() did what getUserMedia() does now, and takes 
parameters saying what kind of stuff it wants (audio & video), and the 
user dialog gives the user the chance to select which units it wishes to 
expose to this application, then getUserMedia() can select freely from 
the devices to which it has been permitted access, and can explore the 
properties of devices without disturbing the user further....?
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