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Microsoft responds to privacy concerns

Last week, I posted the privacy concerns that my Institute for the Future colleague Mike Liebhold has raised about Windows Live Local. Yesterday, MSFT Virtual Earth lead developer Chandu Thota responded on MSN Search's WebLog. From Thota's post:

When you visit the Windows Live Local and hit "Locate Me", Location Finder sends signal strengths and MAC addresses of nearby wireless access points and standard HTTP request information such as your IP address to the Microsoft online location service. The online service calculates the user's location from a database of known access point locations and returns an approximate longitude and latitude. If this method fails, other methods may be used such as IP address lookup.
Boing Boing: MSFT responds to Liebhold's privacy concerns

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 16th December 2005 9:21AM