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Microsoft curbs Wi-Fi location database

suraj.sun (1348507) writes | more than 3 years ago

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suraj.sun (1348507) writes "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 ( http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/29/1658230/Microsoft-Exposes-Locations-of-PCs-and-Phones ) highlighted privacy concerns.

The decision to rework Live.com'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.

CNET News: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20086489-281/microsoft-curbs-wi-fi-location-database/"

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