Microsoft Tweaks Geolocation Service To Protect Privacy

Law360, New York (August 1, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. said Monday it had taken measures to prevent easy access to data that could be used to track down exactly where laptops, cellphones and other Wi-Fi devices have been at specific times.

The technology giant made the changes July 30, just a day after Elie Bursztein, a security researcher at Stanford University, raised privacy concerns on his blog. Bursztein said he was able to create a tool that maps where a computer has been by using media access control, or MAC, addresses.

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