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[whatwg] Geolocation in the browser

From: Ryan Sarver <rsarver@skyhookwireless.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:37:17 -0500
Message-ID: <196FC0416304514B89B50ED2FF17A2402F0542@BE08.exg3.exghost.com>
There are obvious privacy concerns -- I feel they can be alleviated with
the proper level of control for the user. Currently in our prototypes,
the browser prompts the user for each request, which they can allow or
deny and then remember that preference for subsequent requests from that
domain. What type of privacy control are you envisioning?

As for a user-interface problem, its not much different than the
allowing / blocking of popups on a per-domain basis. There are
definitely existing standards to piggy-back ontop of in terms of UI
controls and dialogs.

-----Original Message-----
From: Henri Sivonen [mailto:hsivonen@iki.fi] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 4:24 PM
To: Ryan Sarver
Cc: whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Geolocation in the browser

On Feb 21, 2007, at 22:31, Ryan Sarver wrote:

> What are people's thoughts on location in the browser?

My first thought is that it is a privacy problem. And per-site  
configurability of the exposure of location data is a user interface  

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi
Received on Wednesday, 21 February 2007 13:37:17 UTC

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