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Re: Why does screen sharing require a browser extension?

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:25:42 +0100
To: cowwoc <cowwoc@bbs.darktech.org>
Cc: "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
Message-ID: <br1799h435pefclda3t4gdo5rmkovvlv5p@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>
* cowwoc wrote:
>One thing I didn't understand (and was not explained) is why screen 
>sharing is substantially more security-sensitive than webcam sharing? I 
>get the fact that someone could use screen sharing to snoop on my 
>banking activity, but how is this any more security sensitive than 
>knowing what I look like and where I live? If the security dialog is 
>good enough for webcam sharing, why is it not good enough for screen 
>sharing?

One difference is that screen sharing has no hardware component, there
is no light indicating the screen is being recorded and there is no
option to physically disable screen sharing the way you can put some-
thing in front of your webcam.
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