Google Made It Easy for Anyone to Stalk You
|There are some things Google should not know|
Now, it's Google's turn to be called out for its curious policies on privacy.
And it appears that Google is feeling the pressure, according to media reports.
Companies such as Google and Apple are always looking for ways to expand their WiFi networks so that customers can use their devices to locate themselves without GPS. In the process, phones and laptops that are enabled as WiFi "hotspots" also set off Google's antennas. Google is not alone in collecting this kind of data, but it is one of the only companies to make it public.
They can then plug into Google's database by way of code or more user-friendly Web sites. CNET, for example, mentioned a web interface created by "hobbyist hacker" Samy Kamkar. Enter the MAC address, and voila: Why were you at Philz when you said you were still working?
After the public got wind of this, Google took steps to make it more difficult to pinpoint anyone's location so easily, CNET reported.
But Nick Doty, who teaches at UC Berkeley's Technology and Policy Lab, told SF Weekly he is confident that web gurus like himself can still find a way to find you via Google.