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Re: [geolocation-api] Background Geolocation (#131)

From: Reilly Grant via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:18:36 +0000
To: public-device-apis-log@w3.org
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The sticking point is that background geolocation access changes a really fundamental property about how users think about privacy on the web. Today, when you close a tab (or switch to another app on mobile) a site can't keep running in the background indefinitely collecting information about you (like your location).

When building APIs for native apps, platforms can depend on a store review process to catch malicious apps. When designing for the web we have to be a lot more cautious about how APIs are designed to keep the user in control because anybody can create a website and we know there are a lot of malicious actors out there. Some kind of notification like you suggest might be part of a solution.

Given the potential privacy harms this isn't something the Working Group is currently putting effort into specifying.

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