[whatwg] whatwg Digest, Vol 82, Issue 10

Glenn Maynard glenn at zewt.org
Tue Jan 4 22:53:38 PST 2011

On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 1:34 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky at mit.edu> wrote:
> I wouldn't.  Just because a user trusts some particular entity to know
> exactly where they are, doesn't mean they trust their stalker with that
> information.  I picked geolocation specifically, because that involves an
> irrevocable surrender of personal information, not just annoyance like
> disabling the context menu.

It's a judgement call, of course; some things are easier to categorize
than others.

Geolocation seems to sit somewhere in the middle: some people don't
care if their location is public, and others care a lot.  By
comparison, *no* informed user would want to give every website
unrestricted local file access; hijackable elevated file permissions
is an inherently critical security failure.

Glenn Maynard

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