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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bhtooefr
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2009-02-19

If you're using wifi with a publicly broadcast SSID, you're transmitting, in the clear, to the public, that your network is called such and such.

I could figure this out by driving past the SSID with a laptop. (Then again, I also don't have a problem with street view - it shows what a normal person could see from the street.)

However, requiring _nomap is a ridiculous way to deal with broadcast SSIDs and making them non-mapped.

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