[FoRK] Fwd: [ PFIR ] Google announces opt-out for wi-fi location database, but beware of possible side effects

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 15 07:33:15 PST 2011


The google maps link for those who don't have google earth: lol at the data
on the tag ....
http://g.co/maps/jgxh2

G

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org>wrote:

> Never mind, I found it on gearth...(.kmz)
>
>
> On 11/15/2011 6:12 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>
>> Cool, what's your password?
>>
>> On 11/15/2011 6:04 AM, mdw at martinwills.com wrote:
>>
>>> My (doesn't broadcast) ssid is "home".
>>>
>>> --Martin--
>>>
>>>
>>> I don't get it. Why would Google ever know anything about your Wifi? If
>>>> you choose to make your ssid publicly broadcast, it's publicly
>>>> broadcast. At least they admit to it unlike the tens of other people who
>>>> discovered it. Is the complaint that they've just reduced the cost to
>>>> centralized the info and made it searchable? Likewise, if you don't
>>>> properly password protect that publicly broadcast ssid, you will have
>>>> people using it. If you care anything about security, not to mention
>>>> privacy, you shouldn't be broadcasting that at all.
>>>>
>>>> I have a better idea, we should have a campaign that everyone change
>>>> their ssid to "wireless," "netgear," "linksys," or "default."
>>>>
>>>> Greg
>>>>
>>>>
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