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> Browsers need to be severely limited due to them running arbitrary code from the web. Doesn't matter if it's an offline web app. If you want more access, make a native app (with or without web technologies).

Native apps have the same problems too and such "severe" limiting of apps in web browsers still doesn't solve it. The only more or less privacy preserving model I can think of for native apps today is open source repositories with app distribution not controlled by app developers, like f-droid or repositories in various linux distros.

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