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Re: Proposal for a Permissions API

From: Mark Callow <callow.mark@artspark.co.jp>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:18:52 -0700
Message-ID: <540E476C.3090809@artspark.co.jp>
To: Marcos Caceres <marcos@marcosc.com>, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com>
CC: Edward O'Connor <eoconnor@apple.com>, "Kis, Zoltan" <zoltan.kis@intel.com>, Webapps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On 2014/09/04 13:33, Marcos Caceres wrote:
> ...
> A developer can then have a "Let's get started!" screen, where they explain why they need each feature before they request it.  
> ...
> Absolutely. I the above, a dev could still ask for each API as needed. Like:
>
> "Ok, let's get your camera working. We need you to grant us access to it". 
>
> <Get user media> 
>
> "Great! will you want to geotag your videos? If so, confirm the prompt. You can always turn this off in the app later."
>
> <geolocation> 
>
> (or a checkbox-like option in their app - this can be enabled during recording even!) 
>
> "fullscreen" is just a button in the UI: works just like it does today. 
>
> None of the above e require all permissions to be asked at once. 
>
> There is a great article that discusses this approach:
> http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/04/the-right-way-to-ask-users-for-ios-permissions/
I strongly support this approach. I want to know what functionality an
app is going to provide me in return for each of the permissions I
grant. I want to be able to selectively use those features whose
required permissions I am willing to give to the app's developer.

The Android up-front all-or-nothing approach is a disaster that results
in it being much too easy to give unintended permissions and much too
easy for apps to sneakily ask permissions for things they should not be
doing. Let's not repeat it on the Web platform.

What about the fingerprinting that a permissions API would enable?

Regards

    -Mark

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