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Disappointing but not entirely surprising given some fo the things Google has done before. Anywho word to android users who actually make use of their phones as mobile hotspots.
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Google will now be tracking your wireless access point unless you append “_nomap” to the SSID. This sounds like a Facebook tactic to me!

From the Google Blog...

"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.”

Don't make it sound like your doing me a favor. "Introducing a method to let me opt out"? How about you don't opt me in in the first place? How many people will even know to change their SSID? I guess this will be the next thing I spend time showing people I care about how to do!
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I guess I don't understand yet the issue here. You're broadcasting your SSID so that anyone around you can see it; how is that private info?
 
ANd maybe I mis read the post. I thought this had to do with the phone itself but it doesnt appear to. It has ot do with any network your phone connects to such as a home wifi.

Hrmmm.
 
Since it needs to be information used by each of the different companies that drives around looking for access points to do location services.... it needs to be part of the signal itself. And a broadcast SID is one of the few options that users can change.

I'm not sure there was a more reasonable option... although if you don't broadcast your sid I'm not sure where that leaves you, since the beacon and mac address are still scanned.
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