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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Alfman
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2011-01-28

UZ64,

I agree with you and everyone else that google's opt out proposal is stupid, but your argument against the database is quite different from everyone else's. It seems like you object to the mere fact of your WiFi's existence being published, regardless of whether it includes your personal MAC addresses?

If so, I think that logic is going way too far. I don't care if anyone knows how many WiFi devices are around my area - it doesn't reveal anything about me. My objection only crops up when equipment can be individually tracked.

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