Drew_Fl Posted July 29, 2011 Share Posted July 29, 2011 Microsoft Apple's Q/A about the topic Google's street view cars store locations and specific addresses of household devices Both Google and Microsoft have this data available online in databases, but Google has largely tightened the access restrictions. However, as CNET reports, Microsoft has not. I understand that all 3 companies track wifi hotspot data to improve network efficiency, but all 3 have made mistakes in handling private data. Google has been the worst offender, claiming ignorance when it was discovered their street view cars were collecting specific information about my home network and yours as they pass by taking pictures of our streets. The cars were supposed to collect the locations of Wi-Fi access points. But Google also recorded the street addresses and unique identifiers of computers and other devices using those wireless networks and then made the data publicly available through Google.com until a few weeks ago. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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