Google’s Wi-Fi Data Collection, Now with Opt-out Option
Google's Wi-Fi data collection now has an opt-out option for public Wi-Fi access providers.
The search engine giant uses public Wi-Fi data to pinpoint mobile user’s location, together with GPS and cell tower data. This new policy is a response to criticism and Europe’s legal inquiries over the company’s Wi-Fi data collection — particularly by its Street View cars.
While the furor has been centered in Europe, Google has been criticized world wide for its Street View cars’ collection of private Wi-Fi data used for location services. Co-founder, Sergey Brin admitted that the amount of data scrapping was a mistake. Hence, the new policy is another carefully worded admission that the search engine giant’s previous moves on Wi-Fi data collection were too aggressive.
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