Re: Proposal for output device selection

I think the conclusion on the same subject for input devices was that
giving the drive-by web the ability to tell the number of devices you have
and of what type (video/audio) was a reasonable compromise between the fear
of fingerprinting and the desire for sensible user interfaces.

I hope we can make the same call for output devices; having those be
different would, I think, be confusing to the developer and to the user.

As for "details": Agreed.

On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM, Robert O'Callahan <>wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM, Tommi <> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 4:15 AM, Robert O'Callahan <>wrote:
>  Any kind of device enumeration creates privacy issues which a "logical
>>> output device" approach simply doesn't have.
>> Can you clarify exactly what privacy issues you're thinking of?  There
>> are pros and cons on both sides so it's easier to discuss specifics to see
>> if things are solvable or not.
> Handing over the details of every available audio device to every Web site
> the user visits would make a good vector for user tracking and profiling.
> Rob
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