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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What's the problem
by pandronic on Mon 21st Nov 2011 09:12 UTC
pandronic
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2006-05-18

I don't understand what the fuss is all about ... my Wi-fi network will help a passer-by get a more accurate location if he or she doesn't have GPS enabled on the device. Anyway, any stranger standing next to my house can see that I'm running a Wi-fi network ... it's public information.

It's like you'd get mad that Google indexes your public website. Now with the _nomap suffix you have the equivalent to robots.txt

Paranoia much?

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