Saturday, August 13, 2011

Now Microsoft is Taking the Heat About Publishing Geo-location Data

Microsoft Curbs Wi-Fi Location Database
August 1, 2011 12:38 PM PDT
by Declan McCullagh

"Microsoft has ceased publishing the estimated locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other devices with Wi-Fi connections around the world after a CNET article on Friday highlighted privacy concerns.

The decision to rework's geolocation service comes following scrutiny of the way Microsoft made available its database assembled by both Windows Phone 7 phones and what the company calls "managed driving" by Street View-like vehicles that record Wi-Fi signals accessible from public roads. Every Wi-Fi device has a unique ID, sometimes called a MAC address, that cannot normally be changed."  Read more

Comment: Trust me, this privacy of geospatial location data "thing" (in an Ap enabled world), is only getting started.  Unfortunately, the unforeseen negative consequences for the emergency services sector could be significant.

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