ISSUE-64: "Generic" sensors may permit discovering sensitive information

hidingIsHard

"Generic" sensors may permit discovering sensitive information

State:
CLOSED
Product:
System Information and Events API
Raised by:
Thomas Roessler
Opened on:
2010-01-06
Description:
Generic sensors, e.g., discovery of nearby wireless networks, MAC addresses of access points, etc may permit localizing the device (and its user). Access control policies for such sensors need to be aligned with access to the more sensitive information that can be inferred.

I suspect that a piece of this issue is really a question for the policy work; as far as the system info API is concerned, this issue feeds into security considerations and is another reason why the network information API should be removed from the specification.
Related Actions Items:
Related emails:
  1. Close ACTION-251 and ACTION-330? (from Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com on 2011-04-06)
  2. RE: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-04-06 (from niklas.widell@ericsson.com on 2011-04-06)
  3. RE: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-04-06 (from cecile.marc@orange-ftgroup.com on 2011-04-06)
  4. Regrets: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-04-06 (from jmorris@cdt.org on 2011-04-05)
  5. Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-04-06 (from Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com on 2011-04-05)
  6. RE: Regrets (was RE: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-02-02) (from laszlo.1.gombos@nokia.com on 2011-02-02)
  7. Regrets (was RE: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-02-02) (from schitturi@rim.com on 2011-02-01)
  8. Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2011-02-02 (from Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com on 2011-02-01)
  9. ISSUE-64 - propose to close (from Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com on 2011-01-24)
  10. Proposed SysInfo updates and notes for actions/issues (from blsaws@gmail.com on 2011-01-19)
  11. Privacy related issues - next steps (from Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com on 2011-01-19)
  12. R: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2010-12-01 (from marco.marengo@telecomitalia.it on 2010-12-01)
  13. RE: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2010-12-01 (from jmorris@cdt.org on 2010-12-01)
  14. RE: Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2010-12-01 (from niklas.widell@ericsson.com on 2010-12-01)
  15. Agenda - Distributed Meeting 2010-12-01 (from Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com on 2010-11-30)
  16. Draft Minutes F2F Day 2, 2010-03-17 (from frederick.hirsch@nokia.com on 2010-03-18)
  17. ISSUE-64 (hidingIsHard): 'Generic' sensors may permit discovering sensitive information [System Information and Events API] (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2010-01-06)

Related notes:

closed, per http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-device-apis/2011Jan/0098.html

Frederick Hirsch, 7 Feb 2011, 20:19:00

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