The company says it may now collect, use, transfer, and disclose our iPhone, iPad or computer identifier and location for any purpose if we opt into iTunes.
Google says the user’s device sends a request to its location server with a list of all MAC addresses currently visible to it. Does that include yours?
There is a difference between understanding something theoretically and right in the gut.
Mapping the attendees at a conference to home addresses even when they’ve never consented to any such tracking is not going to be hard if you’ve gone to the trouble of scanning every street in every city in the country.
Google knew about the collection of MAC addresses, and has never said otherwise or stated that their collection of these addresses was done accidently.
§ 3121. General prohibition on pen register and trap and trace device use; exception
Simply untrue: “If you hide in Latitude, we don't store your location.”
The report indicates Google has been purposely collecting a lot of information its defenders couldn't have imagined.
Google's new report on its activities states, “All available MAC addresses are… written to disk for frames transmitted over both encrypted and unencrypted wireless networks.”
But the problem of network addresses is “really hairy when dealing with a high mobility environment”