Wireless

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
data collection, open source, wifi

Companies:
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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    Jose_X, 13 Jul 2011 @ 6:05pm

    Re: Re: World upside down

    You are correct that they are not releasing the code describing the behavior of the underlying libraries and system code which might already do a thorough capture of information. This is one reason to use Linux. Because knowing how the apps on it work (let's assume) means possibly nothing since the underlying system (eg, Windows) can totally distort the actual behavior.

    We also have experience of Microsoft selling one thing (even to the US government) and then pulling a switcharoo a short time later. Though, in this case, they already appear to be rather noncommittal in revealing all information.

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