This week Google has announced a way for Wi-Fi user to be able to opt out of Google geolocation database. The process is fairly simply if you can change the name of your Wi-Fi network. Simply add ‘ _nomap’ to the end. For example if your Wi-Fi network is called “geekygadgets” it will become “geekygadgets_nomap”.
Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer explains:
“As we explored different approaches for opting-out access points from the Google Location Server, we found that a method based on wireless network names provides the right balance of simplicity as well as protection against abuse,”
For more information on the new announcement and location based services jump over to the Google website.
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