[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 193946] Add a mechanism to provide geolocation information in background

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Mon Jun 10 13:24:10 PDT 2019


--- Comment #3 from Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at webkit.org> ---
(In reply to Richard Maher from comment #2)
> But we don't have *another* 3 years to waste on this so please Ryosuke let
> me ask you what is wrong with the proposed TravelManager solution? What use
> case(s) does it not support?

To me, the biggest question isn't so much whether this doesn't support some use case but rather exposing background geolocation to a website is ever acceptable in terms of privacy at all. Ordinary users don't really understand the implication of allowing websites to get geolocation information in foreground, let alone in background. 

Furthermore, keep running websites in background while the screen is turned off is not something WebKit supports on iOS so there is also a practicality issue.

I'm going to start a discussion internally at Apple.

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