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Why is Google so obsessed with your location?

February 12, 2009

First it was Google Maps.

Then it was Google Latitude.

Now CNET reports that Google lets Gmail give away your location.

WTF?

Can’t a person do his business in peace without the whole world knowing he’s sitting on a porcelain throne on the 3rd floor restroom, 2nd toilet to the left?

Voyeurs!

I’m moving my emails to Yahoo.

[Yeah, I know I know. Its early stages, opt-in and what not. Still, a voyeuristic world is the future if Google pushes this any further. Don’t know what voyeur means? Look it up here.]

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    February 12, 2009 10:40 am

    Personal privacy aside, we can’t stop new discoveries or inventions. It appears to me almost every known design, invention or discovery has been subject to various abuses. But really I’m exceptionally concerned about this latest one

    Hallucinogenic medicinces… like they say, if there’s a will there’s a way.

  2. February 12, 2009 2:02 pm

    When you are connected to the net, you already expose your location (by your IP address). There are tools to track that, maybe Google is just making it easier.

    You’re right, but it had always been out of reach of the average user who don’t have any inkling what IP was. Now, even my old aunt can track me down thanks to Google. Sob.

  3. February 12, 2009 5:42 pm

    Maybe Yahoo is actually helping Google to do that 😛

    And cross the competitive boundary? Ooo, that wil be interesting. 🙂

  4. LC Teh permalink
    February 13, 2009 8:20 am

    Yep. Even James Bond is amazed and dismayed, all these are no longer his exclusive gadgets. Can’t surprise anyone no more… hmmm time to hang up his whatever… (old gunslingers just hang up their guns. Poor old James, he sure’s got a lot to hang up).

    Maybe that’s why the new Bond series with Daniel Craig have been focusing less on gadgets and more on plot and attitude. Seems to be holding so far.

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