[whatwg] Private browsing vs. Storage and Databases

Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) ifette at google.com
Tue Apr 7 18:12:15 PDT 2009

And as of right now, afaict, a user / user agent can prune a database and
not be in violation of the database spec :)

On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 6:11 PM, Brady Eidson <beidson at apple.com> wrote:

> On Apr 7, 2009, at 6:09 PM, Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) wrote:
>> I strongly share Jonas' concern that we'd tell web applications that we're
>> storing there data when we already know we're going to dump it later.  For 3
>> and 4 both, we're basically lying to the application and therefore the user.
>>  Imagine a scenario where a user has no network connection and unknowingly
>> left their browser in private browsing mode.  Email, documents, financial
>> transactions, etc could all be "saved" locally then later thrown away before
>> they've had a chance to sync to a server.
> The same argument could be made for retaining cookies set during private
> browsing ;-)
> I disagree, as cookies are already specified to be of unspecified
> persistence.  I believe a user agent can - at any time - prune cookies from
> it's cookie store and not be in violation of the cookies spec.
> ~Brady
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