[webkit-dev] WebKit position on Web NFC

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Mon Jan 6 13:48:24 PST 2020

We oppose this feature and will not implement it.

We do not believe a permission prompt is a sufficient mitigation for the serious security and privacy risks raised by this specification. In addition, we think exposing direct hardware access to the web is a bad idea and compromises the device-independence of the web platform.

We can provide more details if desired but it may take a few days.

> On Jan 5, 2020, at 11:40 PM, François Beaufort ���� <fbeaufort at google.com> wrote:
> Hello WebKit Dev folks,
> Following Maciej's invitation to send requests for positions on Web API proposals to webkit-dev, we would like to know WebKit's position on Web NFC: https://w3c.github.io/web-nfc/ <https://w3c.github.io/web-nfc/>
> Web NFC aims to provide sites the ability to read and write to nearby NFC devices. The current scope is limited to NDEF, a lightweight binary message format. Low-level I/O operations with the ISO-DEP protocol and Host-based Card Emulation (HCE) are not supported.
> FYI, an intent to experiment will be posted soon on blink-dev.
> I'll update this webkit-dev thread with the URL when done.
> TAG Review: https://github.com/w3ctag/design-reviews/issues/461 <https://github.com/w3ctag/design-reviews/issues/461>
> Chromestatus URL: https://www.chromestatus.com/features/6261030015467520 <https://www.chromestatus.com/features/6261030015467520>
> Mozilla standards-positions: https://github.com/mozilla/standards-positions/issues/238 <https://github.com/mozilla/standards-positions/issues/238>
> Thank you,
> Francois.
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