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), 12 Jul 2011 @ 11:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Glenn Beck style

    Sure everyone would appreciate it. But that would be completely missing the goddamn point. We already know that Google wasn't snooping on us in order to gather passwords or private data, and given that the 3rd party audit seems quite thorough enough, Google releasing their code would just refocus attention on Google capturing public data, and turn away the focus from the fact that publicly broadcasted data is public.

    The EFF focusing on Google's code rather than defending Google from the obvious fact that WiFi is radio broadcast is just all kinds of stupid.

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