[Geowanking] MS local.live.com & privacy (lack of)
Drew from Zhrodague
drew at zhrodague.net
Tue Dec 13 12:37:56 PST 2005
> Obviously agregated dossiers on all of us are traded across the net. I don't
> like it much, but ordinarily I haven't been too touchy about it; but
> Microsoft's clearly duplicitous claim here that "privacy is important" is
> just too much, particularly with a technology that was expressly and
> admirably developed by Intel to be "privacy observant."
> A lot of us had hoped that, because of the inherent privacy model, Wifi
> geolocation could could be widely applied to kickstart location services for
> devices that don't have integrated GPS. Now given Microsoft's bungled
> rollout, I'm not so eager or sure this will happen.
Is Microsoft really using Intel's package? Isn't that Placelab?
Y'know, there's still time to produce a competing project, and
there are those of us who are still interested in that sort of thing.
I'll state again that we could use some help in fleshing out
WiFiMaps.com to provide Wi-Fi data for a similar type of location service.
I am apparently not that great of a programmer, or DBA, and haven't been
able to put together some of the missing pieces ('triangulation', schema,
etc). Eric and I have agreed to publish our collected data into GPL, which
I think might help us stay around longer, and aid those working on Wi-Fi
What is the line between privacy and functionality in
location-based systems? How does one provide location information, without
collecting/mining information about the user? Obviously, Microsoft's
tactics raise flags with lots of us. At least with our app, we've tried to
not publish TOO much information, and do not display MAC addresses -- even
though you can search for them. What other things are to be avoided?
Drew from Zhrodague http://www.WiFiMaps.com
drew at zhrodague.net http://www.zhrodague.net
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