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Re: [geolocation-api] Restrict to user-activation-received frames (#48)

From: Reilly Grant via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:25:18 +0000
To: public-device-apis-log@w3.org
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I'll add my agreement from a Chromium perspective that this has the potential to be a significant breaking change, especially if the user activation requirement applies to previously granted permissions in addition to requesting new permission. A similar change was made for audio playback and caused a lot of trouble for users and developers.

I think the work on notifications is a good model for approaching this in a way which doesn't harm compatibility. For permission requests, for example, a site without user activation could trigger the "silent" permission prompts that browsers have been experimenting with while a request with user activation can trigger the normal prompt. This could push developers away from requesting permission without a user gesture and therefore reduce the compatibility impact.

I also agree with @johannhof's hypothesis that one-off permission prompts will reduce the impact of this change. Chrome is experimenting with this change as well. Once that has launched we can collect data on the impact of this proposal in a world with shorter-lived permissions.

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