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RE: Why does screen sharing require a browser extension?

From: Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 18:42:17 -0800
Message-ID: <CABkgnnWH5wFwOBe6_N2dXo3wsr-sH_jmQH2uX6WFMjf2Pamp2A@mail.gmail.com>
To: stephane.cazeaux@orange.com
Cc: public-webrtc@w3.org
On Nov 28, 2013 9:13 AM, <stephane.cazeaux@orange.com> wrote:
> It was proposed in this thread to have a consent box displayed every time
an application wants to make screen sharing, where this consent box would
force the user to select what will be shared (whole screen, one
application, etc …) without possibility to simply accept.

I hope that you mean 'force' in the right sense here. Modal dialog windows
are well understood as producing poor outcomes.

> After reading the whole thread, I don’t understand what the Chrome Apps
model solves that would not be solved by this proposition. Is it possible
to have a summary of the main arguments?

For reasons underlying the above, I don't believe that this model would get
the desired results. All arguments in favour of any 'just ask the user'
don't seem to appreciate the seriousness of the threat when weighed against
the difficulty of obtaining truly informed consent.

In discussions I had with the UX designers on IE, they listed several
guiding principles, most relevant being: never ask a user any question with
consequences that are not immediately obvious.  In this discussion, no
proponent of 'just ask the user' has properly addressed this concern.

I remain opposed to any solution that allows an application to put such a
question in front of a user.
Received on Friday, 29 November 2013 02:42:44 UTC

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