Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 21st Nov 2011 07:48 UTC
Google Last June, CNET disclosed that Google collects and publishes the estimated locations of millions of phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi devices. All without their owner's knowledge or permission. Google has finally announced how to exclude your home network from this database. Simply append "_nomap" to its name. Details over at CNET. Left unsaid is why the burden is placed on millions of individuals to opt-out, instead of on perpetrator Google.
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The one that I've used for years, and add "_nomap" to the end of it, just so Google will not advertise my router? What the f--k, seriously? First of all, I didn't even know Google was advertising my router; and secondly, why the f--k is it doing it without my knowledge anyway? Does Google pay my Internet bill? The electricity to keep it running? Do they own my router? Come on, this is ridiculous. All of a sudden, I'm no longer quite so thrilled about my new phone. This is f--king bullshit.

Google, quit advertising networks that doing belong to you and forcing people to add nonsense to the name of the wireless network connection names. Stay out of my f--king business and my other personally-owned devices.

I've noticed Google has been doing some questionable things lately, but this is truly a new low for them.

Edited 2011-11-21 09:05 UTC

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