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Re: Intended usage notification

From: Doug Turner <doug.turner@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 07:25:44 -0700
Cc: Henning Schulzrinne <hgs@cs.columbia.edu>, public-geolocation@w3.org
Message-Id: <05419981-90DD-4D20-ABFD-C51AEEC4B35A@gmail.com>
To: Max Froumentin <maxfro@opera.com>

On Apr 21, 2009, at 1:07 AM, Max Froumentin wrote:

> Doug Turner <doug.turner@gmail.com> writes:
>> sorry, Henning is right.  I only speak for myself and +1 what greg
>> said, what andrei said, what Ian said, and what Max said.
> I can't say I disagree with Nick though, especially after I've  
> discussed the problem with local user interaction experts.
> When I start the camera app on my iphone, I get the pop up asking if  
> the app can use my location. That's annoying, because I usually want  
> to take a picture quickly. Now if the camera app wanted to explain  
> why it wanted my position, you'd have another pop-up beforehand  
> saying "I would like to use your position in order to tag your  
> picture, so please click yes on the next prompt". 2 modal dialogues  
> before I can actually snap. Not nice.
> So at this point the best I can think of is 1 dialogs containing  
> something like:
> "This app wants to use your location. It says:" (familiar yellow bar  
> style)
> "Click yes if you'd like your pictures tagged with lat/lon" (some  
> other style showing that text is not from the browser).
> Not great. Maybe there's a solution that mitigates better user  
> experience and privacy.
> Max.

Hey Max,

That works great because the application on your iphone has been  
reviewed by Apple.  We are talking about the web and website do not  
have that sort of hoop to jump through -- most are untrusted.

If we are talking about widgets which have similar vetting that iphone  
application seem to get, then i would tend to agree -- or more so -- I  
would say that the dialog should be completely optional :-)  In fact,  
doesn't the iphone "this app wants to... " dialog go away after a few  
times uses the app.

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