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How To Remove Your WiFi Network From Google's Map

     

engine

12:46 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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How To Remove Your WiFi Network From Google's Map [news.cnet.com]
If you're worried about the street address of your home Wi-Fi hotspot being public, Google has a solution.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company late today announced a way for the owners of Wi-Fi networks to be removed from Google's crowdsourced geolocation database, which it reworked this summer after CNET drew attention to privacy concerns.

It's simple: all you need to do is append "_nomap" to the name of the Wi-Fi network. So "theharrisons" becomes "theharrisons_nomap".

"As we explored different approaches for opting-out access points from the Google Location Server, we found that a method based on wireless network names provides the right balance of simplicity as well as protection against abuse," Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, wrote in a blog post. "Specifically, this approach helps protect against others opting out your access point without your permission."

mhansen

5:04 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Shouldn't this crap be opt IN, not opt out?

Now, not only do I need to protect my web browser from being tracked by Google Adware, I also need to go into my home routers and add in a special code to noindex my house?!

Googlecar noindex, nofollow.
disallow /all

BS

engine

5:11 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I agree, it should be the other way around. Importantly, most people will not know how to opt out. Google #fail

mhansen

5:21 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Importantly, most people will not know how to opt out.


I called my Father-Inlaw a few minutes ago. He asked, "You mean Google stored Information about my linksys, and now I need to ask them to remove it? Its in my bleeping house!"

I agree... #fail

Panthro

5:34 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)



Yeah, that's pretty rude.

Swanny007

9:23 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ditto, you guys have written what I'm thinking. Google is so arrogant they think that things should be opt-out whereas common sense says it should be opt-in. Opt-out is BS in this case.

creative craig

10:18 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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These guys are so far removed from reality I am begining to worry about what goes on at their offices!

...this approach helps protect against others opting out your access point without your permission


No it doesn't, it's a crappy way of saying we screwed up again!
 

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