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Re: [whatwg] API for unique identification of devices (mobile/tablet/pc)

From: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:52:02 +0900
Message-Id: <317DCDD8-E178-4F78-ACCF-520D55D077B5@opera.com>
To: Stan <stasson@orc.ru>
Cc: "whatwg@lists.whatwg.org group" <whatwg@lists.whatwg.org>

Le 14 déc. 2012 à 17:51, Stan a écrit :
> If most of the users do this right now, it does not mean they are happy with this,

it doesn't mean they are unhappy about it. Or more exactly that a fraction of them can even look for such a feature.


> Second, user accounts are based on e-mails as a rule, which is not unique at all, every user can have multiple e-mails and multiple registrations.

which is a feature, not a bug. Professional account, personal account, cooking-club account, etc. 

> Many web-services struggle against users' reputation spoofing made via such fake accounts.

That's a different issue.


> Multiple browser profiles on the same device do not matter, because the same device ID will be returned.

In some countries, in Asia and Africa, a single device can be used by multiple people. Internet cafes are another use cases. And shiny tablets can be also for one family.

Basically
device != user != web service


> The main point, if device ID could be available it would provide more great possibilities for users and web-services.

And it would create big challenges in usability and privacy.

-- 
Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
Developer Relations, Opera Software
Received on Friday, 14 December 2012 07:52:41 UTC

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