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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... only when they re-scan my area
by JamesBroadhead on Mon 21st Nov 2011 13:42 UTC
JamesBroadhead
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2011-10-04

So no one has pointed out the even more glaring hole than requiring people to change SSIDs; the database only gets updated whenever Google chooses to re-scan the area.

How often do they do that? Are the details going to remain up until they do? If that's the case, what's their motivation for re-scanning.

If this were a serious suggestion, it would be possible to delete entries immediately via Google Maps. As it is, it's a bit of a joke, and I'd be amazed if a proper engineer at Google put it together as a legitimate method.

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B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

So no one has pointed out the even more glaring hole than requiring people to change SSIDs; the database only gets updated whenever Google chooses to re-scan the area.


That's because the database is not working like you seem to think how it is working. The database is frequently updated with information gathered and sent home by mobile Android devices.

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