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[whatwg] RWD Heaven: if browsers reported device capabilities in a request header

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:00:24 -0500
Message-ID: <4F3166B8.9080301@mit.edu>
On 2/7/12 12:34 PM, David Goss wrote:
> On 7 February 2012 17:11,  Boris wrote:
>> This is a case of browser vendors (or at least me with my browser
>> implementor had on) thinking that sending this sort of information will
>> hurt their users' privacy...
>
> Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but how? I don't think
> anyone's asking for the browser to send anything that can't be
> detected client-side and sent to the server anyway.

The idea is to prevent pervasive user tracking via fingerprinting.  It's 
actually easy to prevent client-side detection of some of these things; 
just turn off script execution for the relevant origins.

-Boris
Received on Tuesday, 7 February 2012 10:00:24 UTC

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