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RE: Proposal for output device selection

From: Josh Soref <jsoref@blackberry.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:58:42 +0000
To: "public-media-capture@w3.org" <public-media-capture@w3.org>
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On 19 August 2013 01:06, Tommy Widenflycht (ᛏᚮᛘᛘᚤ) <tommyw@google.com> wrote:
> I would like to see a separate permissions request for device enum which
> would solve all fingerprinting issues.

Martin wrote:
> Sadly, I don't think that this improves security in any meaningful
> way.  Nor do I believe that the benefits with respect to
> fingerprinting resilience are as significant as some people believe.
> The main problem with requiring user consent for enumeration is that
> it is very difficult to communicate effectively.  By which I mean that
> it's very difficult to gain any significant confidence that the user
> has understood and consented to the request.  And it's hard to
> guarantee that requests of this nature don't become annoyances, which
> is highly counterproductive.

Further, any permission that can be asked for can be easily acquired through blackmail by the application "if you want candy you will let me have this", which makes the "permission" a joke. 

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