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 whole ordeal where they were collecting private wifi traffic seems to be rather worse in my opinion.

Do you suppose people have a right to delete their mac addresses from the database once they see that google put them up?

The database is kind of eerie. If a cracker gets into your system, they might look up your router's mac and then search for it in google's db. This adds a whole new element to computer security threats.

Also, certain IPv6 addressing schemes include the mac address in one's personal IPv6 address. If this ever becomes popular, it would make IPv6->geolocation trivial (assuming google's cars are making their rounds frequently enough).


I forgot to add a link:

Edited 2011-11-21 09:38 UTC

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