"... another Googler, Chrome developer advocate Yoav Weiss, made the case for the benefits of recordings..."
The immediate snark instinct here is to go with "... and then was promptly fired by Google". But looking a bit deeper:
- This lack of accurate records potentially could impact the integrity of the W3C
- Google's representatives are advocating that meetings should be recorded, with a preference for accuracy
So in this instance, the W3C look bad, but Google look good. The same Google who have a vested interest in controlling what we see on the web and how we see it (insert usual links regarding AMP, ad "blocking", censored browsers for China, etc). The same Google who have always used "user security and convenience" as a cover for adding yet more tracking and profiling.
I'm willing to bet that Google would love to see the W3C undermined - without a cohesive forum for the creation and ratification of standards, it would be childs play for them to effectively lobby and use their market position in search, browser, mobile OS, video etc. to put themselves in a place where they can dictate the "standards" of the web, and rest of the world would have to bend over and accept it.
Heck, it's practically happening now: ladies and gentlemen, I give you Chromium-based Edge by Microsoft.
And having a private company trying to dictate how everything should be done worked soooo well in past. IE6, I'm looking at you...