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Re: [geolocation-sensor] Background geolocation and user privacy issues (#39)

From: Adrian Nita via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:19:42 +0000
To: public-device-apis-log@w3.org
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Any updates on this?

In the meantime, the System Wake Lock API was dropped and we ended up with a Screen Wake Lock API that's pretty useless in this regard.

IMO this is a non-issue and I think things got a little mixed up here. The background geotracking should be no different in web apps than in native apps. No special treatment is required. Operating systems are already showing some sort of status notification when the GPS is in use, regardless what app uses it. The type of notification (be it icon, text, persistent or otherwise) is of no concern for this spec. At most, an issue (or feature request) can be raised with a specific OS if someone feels the need for changing the system notification.

I would suggest not trying to solve all platform-related issues with this spec, but rather focus on getting the background geolocation on par with the native apps, as imperfect as that may be.

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