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Re: Review of May 15 WebRTC 1.0 draft

From: Cullen Jennings (fluffy) <fluffy@cisco.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:34:11 +0000
To: Randell Jesup <randell-ietf@jesup.org>
CC: "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B417934E-8484-48AC-A124-D0BD42006399@cisco.com>

> On Jun 7, 2017, at 7:53 AM, Randell Jesup <randell-ietf@jesup.org> wrote:
>> A1              The web API must provide means for the
>>                   application to ask the browser for permission
>>                   to use cameras and microphones as input devices
>>                   and to have access to the local file system.
>> Just a question about this requirement: why does the application need access to the file system? Am I misinterpreting this?
> Not sure where this came from... archaeology on the archives?

The discussion at the time was a privacy consideration. The idea was that if the JS asked for a camera, the browser could allow the user to instead provide video from a pre recorded file on disk instead of a real camera. The JS would not be able to tell that the media was coming from the file and not form the camera. 

As time went on, the thinking that this was needed or even possible seem to sort of disappear. I can't see any reason a browser could not do this if they wanted to. 

I would propose we amend that to just remove the "  and to have access to the local file system." 
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