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From: <Frank.Wagner@telekom.de>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:31:50 +0100
To: <karld@opera.com>, <public-privacy@w3.org>
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We had this in Germany around all the discussions about streetview. They told that the collection of the SSID was a software bug. I wonder that the bug has not been fixed in other countries....


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Von: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
An: public-privacy (W3C mailing list) <public-privacy@w3.org>
Gesendet: Fri Nov 25 14:37:06 2011
Betreff: Opt-out for wifi network of the Google Location Server

This seems like a bad farce.
Owners of Wifi network access point have all 
to change their SSID to opt-out of Google Cars 
collecting geolocation.

We know that will probably not change anything
because most of the people will be ignorant on 
how to change their network SSID.

I would have understood an opt-in scenario with 
Google trying to convince people it is good for 
the community to opt-in. 

    On Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:18:41 GMT
    In Official Google Blog: Greater choice for wireless access point owners
    At http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/greater-choice-for-wireless-access.html

    We’re introducing a method that lets you opt out 
    of having your wireless access point included in 
    the Google Location Server. To opt out, visit your 
    access point’s settings and change the wireless 
    network name (or SSID) so that it ends with 
    “_nomap”.  For example, if your SSID is “Network”, 
    you‘d need to change it to “Network_nomap”.

Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/

Developer Relations & Tools, Opera Software

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