fauxsoup - 5:04 pm on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
What exactly is the benefit of publishing a list of router mac numbers of private residences?
Targeting advertisements. Suppose you're looking for Pizza: I know what town you live in, I can tell you the best options in town. If I have your geolocation I can take it a step further and tell you which one is closest to you.
Now, consider someone who's in a town he doesn't know and he gets bit by a snake! It's a fast acting poison, so he can't wait for an ambulance. Where's the nearest hospital?
Whatever benefit you can think of it seems that the potential for misuse and resulting damage is far greater
That's a bold statement. Find me case where someone used a geolocation to perpetrate a crime.
Individual criminals or even organized criminals could not easily garner large lists of such data on homes in distant countries
What information? Their physical location? Because I'm looking across the street and I can tell you a building is there. I've got no other information on that building besides where it is, and anyone with working eyes could tell you the same.
I can also go to the town hall and copy a map of the city, probably get a list of residents by address, and pull individual blueprints for each of the buildings at those addresses.
I fail to see how giving a criminal the physical location of a building helps him at all.