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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Could you propose a better opt-in/opt-out mechanism?

If it were opt-in, what would stop me from opting-in all the networks around where I live?

If it were opt-out, what would stop me from opting-out all the networks around where I live?

While the solution is a kind of clunky, it is the easiest way to guarantee that the owner of the router does *not* want their network being used to provide geolocation.

Of course, you could argue that it should be _map as an opt-in instead of _nomap as an opt-out, but then the service would be dead on arrival.

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