[Geowanking] MS local.live.com & privacy (lack of)
mnl at well.com
Tue Dec 13 13:46:30 PST 2005
Drew from Zhrodague wrote:
> Is Microsoft really using Intel's package? Isn't that Placelab?
Placelab is distributed freely on sourceforge, but was developed 100%
by researchers at Intel's Seattle Lab, but they've had lots of exchanges
with Microsoft Labs across town. Although Microsoft has done some of
their own work on Location Finder, it is/was arguably inspired or
heavily influenced in large part by Placelab. While similar packages
were developed later by private companies like Ekahau, and Skyhook, and
there was a related research effort at IBM's research lab in Zurich,
Placelab is unique in that it's beacon independent (works with Wifi,
Cell towers, and even infrared.) and runs on a J2ME paltform on, I
think, over 30 devices by now, and was designed specifically to enable
user's to determine their location without informing the network.
Google returns 653 hits for "placelab privacy"
Including a link to a some articles with a very succinct discussions
of Placelab's privacy focus:
including a quote from Google on the subject:
"Mobile search services with positioning capabilities are a reality
today. The technology is already here." said Deep Nishar, director of
product management at Google. The single problem that keeps Google from
rolling out such a service circles around how to preserve a user's
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