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ACTION-56 Standardizing presentation of Site Risk Information

From: Hal Lockhart <hlockhar@bea.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 06:47:07 -0800
Message-ID: <D0C847B2BD75414090045D8C7EA3D59402E1469E@repbex01.amer.bea.com>
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ACTION-56 

I am re-titling this action to better reflect what I had in mind.

During the Dec-19 call I suggested that although there seems to be a
strong consensus around not specifying any kind of algorithms for
determining if accessing a given web site represents a higher or lower
risk by examining its history, content or other information, we should
at least keep open the possibility that we specify a standard way to
indicate to the user what the browser thinks the risk level is.

Possibilities include: colors like red, yellow, green; a thermometer
type display; numbers between 1 and 100; etc.

My reasons for allowing for this kind of approach are:

1. Users will not be exposed to the underlying algorithm directly;
therefore browsers are likely to use distinct means to indicate
essentially the same risk semantics. It would be more desirable, if
possible, to show some standardized display which users could be trained
to look for in all browsers.

2. The algorithms underlying existing displays, such as the padlock are
not completely defined or identical across all browsers, yet we can
agree that they fundamentally have the same significance. Even if risk
algorithms change over time, either to improve accuracy or to counter
changes made by black hats, as long as the practical meaning remains
essentially the same, a standard indication will be beneficial.

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That said, I am by no means certain that we can actually come to
consensus about a common meaning which we expect to remain reasonably
stable and relevant for say 5 years. Thus my argument at this point is
merely NOT to rule this indicator out of scope.

Hal
Received on Tuesday, 2 January 2007 14:47:18 UTC

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