Puffin requires the permission to access GPS location
Some Puffin users are angry with the recent change that Puffin requires the permission to access GPS location. Here are the reasons for the change.
(1) The current app permission is not designed for web browsers. Being “a generic app to access all websites”, the web browser is “more like the OS than an app”.
(2) If you search “Starbucks near me” on Google, web browsers will ask the GPS location for the Google search. Once the permission is granted “explicitly” for Google to access GPS location, it is granted “implicitly” to all websites to access GPS location.
(3) Most users grant GPS permission to web browsers “sooner or later” for legit websites without knowing the same permission is granted to illegit websites, too. If you use web browsers, you can’t count on not granting the GPS permission. We want to inform all users of the ugly truth.
(4) We did not realize that Jack Nicholson’s “You can’t handle the truth” in the movie is true in real life. Some users, mostly not aware the whole truth, can’t handle the truth. To be fair, Puffin can handle the ugly truth better by adding another layer of permission based on the domain names of the websites. Nevertheless, it still requires Puffin to have GPS permission from the OS.