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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RE[2]: Comment by clhodapp
by Soulbender on Mon 21st Nov 2011 20:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by clhodapp"
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If the engineers had known that widespread physical tracking of unique MAC addresses would become reality


In practice MAC addresses are not unique (and don't actually have to be).

And seriously, at least Google is public about collecting this data. It's not exactly rocket science for anyone, private or as a company, to collect this information without telling anyone about it. In fact, i bet there are companies doing exactly this. They might even label themselves "security" companies.

If the engineers had known that widespread physical tracking of unique MAC addresses would become reality, they may very well have designed WiFi differently to protect against it.


Probably not because it would have been impossible or at least not practically feasible. How would your devices locate each other without a unique, visible address?

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