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Re: "confirm subscribe" use case for "secret URI"

From: Jacek Kopecky <jacek@jacek.cz>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 13:11:03 +0100
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1266063063.5841.56.camel@Kalb>
Larry, 

this also brings up a simpler case: confirmation of valid email address.
If the URI is ever resolved, it means the email address where the URI
was sent is read by someone or something. In other words, the email
address is valid enough. 

On the other hand, are the URIs in these cases really secret? It feels
like your point (b) goes against a requirement for secrecy.

Best regards,
Jacek Kopecky


On Thu, 2010-02-11 at 14:07 -0800, Larry Masinter wrote:
> the link to confirm subscription is:
> 
>  (a) one-time 
>  (b) accidental disclosure does not have a serious impact
>      and recoverable (can unsubscribe)
>  (c) misuse can be audited (web site, presumably, maintains
>      log of IP address of requester)
> 
> 
> So this is a positive use case for a "secret URI".
> 
> Larry
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