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

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Dec 14 10:32:52 PST 2012

On Fri, 14 Dec 2012, Stan wrote:
> Last thing to remember: the device ID is not something secret and 
> forbidden for native applications. For example, Android provides Android 
> ID and iOS ASIdentifierManager, which can be read by any installed 
> application. Taking into consideration that many web-services do provide 
> native clients, they already know device IDs (if they want to). Moving 
> this property into browser will just simplify developing 
> web-applications and make them more competitive compared to native apps.

That the Web is more secure and privacy-protecting than native apps is one 
of the Web's biggest strengths. It's a feature, not a bug. It makes the 
Web more competitive, not less.

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