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Topic # 88740 22-Aug-2011 21:52
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What consequences will this have for google location services for positioning via wifi?
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/google-privacy-we%E2%80%99re-not-so-bad-aw-98913

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  Reply # 510178 22-Aug-2011 21:58
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Laughing at "On Google's blog today, senior vice president knowledge Alan Eustace said..."

Their article is dated the 15th, while we posted it on the 13th (www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=9350). So theirs couldn't be "today" seeing they were two days late.

But yeah, back to your question it's about the payload data, not about the AP identification data. WiFi-assisted geolocation continues as usual.

Also, every time you go around with Google Maps running on your fancy Android handset you are logging this information for Google. They don't need the cars anymore, since they are crowdsourcing the information collection, for free...




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  Reply # 510183 22-Aug-2011 22:04
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freitasm:

But yeah, back to your question it's about the payload data, not about the AP identification data. WiFi-assisted geolocation continues as usual.

Also, every time you go around with Google Maps running on your fancy Android handset you are logging this information for Google. They don't need the cars anymore, since they are crowdsourcing the information collection, for free...

 
they better hope there are a lot of android phones sending that data in, cause they say the cars wont gather it in the future:

from the article: 
In addition, the company has said it removed all WiFi equipment from Street View cars, and would not be collecting such data.
  




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  Reply # 510199 22-Aug-2011 22:28
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I interpreted it as they deleted all data collected.

Additionally its only collecting data on android phones if you leave the box checked when you first setup your phone I believe. I made sure it was checked as it benefits me as I use these services.

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  Reply # 510223 23-Aug-2011 00:05
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I have no problem with them collecting data, esp. when it makes my android experience so much better.

One thing we have to watch out for is their t&c's, (and that it doesn't allow for them to stitch our arses to someone else's face (like apples t&c's) sorry just watched south park ) and that they restrict the information they collect from outsiders as I believe this was the initial worry with the in-car wifi collecting initiative, and one of the reasons people had it canned.

Personally I am not that worried, as they have ALL my information / details anyway. Whats a wifi name between friends.

Correct me if I am wrong.

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  Reply # 510225 23-Aug-2011 00:11
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freitasm: It is not only Android... Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry. They all collect the data and have been doing it for years.


They all collect data, but I'm pretty sure the data from Windows Mobile and Symbian isn't going back to google.
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