Google To Limit Use Of Wi-Fi Location Data

Law360, New York (September 13, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT) -- In a move to placate European privacy authorities, Google Inc. will start offering wireless router owners worldwide a choice on whether the tech giant can use their signals to track smartphones and provide location-specific services, the company said Tuesday.

Despite the concession, Google defended its use of publicly broadcast Wi-Fi data from wireless routers to determine the location of smartphones. The service allows smartphone users to find themselves on a map and locate nearby stores and restaurants, determine when public buses are scheduled to arrive at...
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