Wireless

by Mike Masnick


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data collection, open source, wifi

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apple, google, microsoft



Microsoft Opens Its WiFi Data Collection Source Code; Why Doesn't Google Do The Same?

from the important-questions dept

Google's been facing a lot of difficulty lately due to its ridiculously dumb implementation of its WiFi access point data collection software. Lots of companies use such software to try to create a location map that can be used in the absence of GPS. Both Microsoft and Apple have similar projects, and yet it's really only Google that's gotten in trouble for theirs, mainly for the way it collected data. Now comes the news that Microsoft is releasing the source code of their WiFi data collection software, which only serves to raise more questions about why Apple and Google haven't done the same.

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    David Liu (profile), 11 Jul 2011 @ 10:13pm

    Re: Glenn Beck style

    I don't even get what the point of releasing the code would do, or how it would benefit Google to do so. It would only just show stuff we already know (that it collects wireless data in order to geolocate WiFi hotspots).

    Don't forget that this is code that Google spent time and money developing; why the hell should Google release that for free when it'd get absolutely nothing? Honestly the EFF should be teaching people how to secure their networks, not going after companies who look at publicly broadcasted data.

    Could you imagine the ACLU going after civilians recording the police on their cellphones? I'm sorry, I like the EFF and what it does, but this was probably one of the more boneheaded statements it's made.

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