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Re: [sensors] Spec should include mandatory mitigations for privacy harms / risks (#397)

From: Anssi Kostiainen via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 14:42:25 +0000
To: public-device-apis-log@w3.org
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>Permission Request is a WICG report, not yet adopted by a Working Group. Not sure how the dependency is important here since it's not referenced by Generic Sensors, nor is it used in the [Permission] definition referenced by Generic Sensors.

It is indirectly relevant. [PERMISSIONS-REQUEST] complements [PERMISSIONS] with an API to programmatically request permissions. The above-mentioned proposal https://github.com/w3c/sensors/issues/397#issuecomment-559073025 adds a new privacy protection to [PERMISSIONS-REQUEST] to mitigate an attack known as first person bounce tracking. By adding this privacy protection to this API, also [other potential consumers](https://w3c.github.io/permissions/#permission-registry) of this programmatic request facility get the same privacy protection.

It is not a normative dependency on the Generic Sensor API since implementers can choose to implement the Generic Sensor API with [PERMISSIONS] but without [PERMISSIONS-REQUEST]. This is what Chrome ships today, but we heard Chrome is planning to also implement [PERMISSIONS-REQUEST] so we felt getting this mitigation in would be important.

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