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Re: geolocation privacy statement strawman

From: Doug Turner <doug.turner@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 21:05:48 -0700
Cc: public-geolocation@w3.org
Message-Id: <39E7FCF9-20C3-45DA-97A2-0282786FE71C@gmail.com>
To: Andrei Popescu <andreip@google.com>

On Mar 9, 2009, at 8:49 PM, Andrei Popescu wrote:

> Hi Doug,
> Thanks for the proposal. I think it's a very good start. I have a
> couple of questions, too:
>> All permissions should be revocable, and applications should  
>> respect revoked permissions.
> I'm not sure what you meant by this exactly. The application would
> simply stop receiving the location data if the user has revoked the
> permission using the UA's interface, so I don't think the application
> has a choice (whether to respect or not the revoked permissions). Or
> am I misunderstanding this statement?

We were thinking along the lines of the "remember this decision"  
option common in many UAs permission dialogs.  If I give  
site.example.com/foopy/index.html permission to access my location and  
I ask the UA to remember this decision, we think that there should be  
some common way to remove such permission.  The result would be a new  
permission dialog the next time you go to site.example.com/foopy/ 

>> Recipient of location information should retain location  
>> information only as long as required.
> I agree with Henning, we could be more explicit here. Perhaps we could
> encourage Web sites to inform the users about how long they plan to
> store their location?

I certainly agree that sites should inform the user about how long  
they plan on storing the location and didn't imply by may statement  
anything less (or i hope i didn't).  Some of the use cases we  
considered were sites that track a trail that you ran on.  For  
example, if I use watchPostion during a race, and the site would  
generate a plot of the data over a map.  my position was recorded by  
the website and I really do want the site to keep this information as  
long as required.

I liked Marin's summarization on this point:

Sites must only use private information for the task for which it was  
provided to them and must dispose of it once completed, unless  
expressly permitted to do so.
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