Web Bluetooth API Privacy

Web Bluetooth - a web API under development, and will be one of the core components of Web of Things, the application layer of Internet of Things. It will enable sensors, beacons and user devices to communicate with each other. But at first: it will enable a web browser to…

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Battery Status readout as a privacy risk

Introduction Privacy risks and threats arise and surface even in seemingly innocuous mechanisms. We have seen it before, and we will see it again. Recently, I participated in a study assessing the risk of W3C Battery Status API. The mechanism allows a web site to read the battery level of…

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Privacy of W3C Vibration API

Vibrating devices are a familiar thing. From the era of flip-phones, to vibrations induced by mobile apps. Or websites. Vibration API The mechanism allowing websites to utilize device's vibration motor is called Vibration API. The mechanism allows a device to be vibrated in particular patterns. The argument to the vibration(…

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