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Google Map App's Version of Anonymity Might Violate EU Privacy Laws 89

Ars Technica reports that Google's map application for iOS, however popular it might be with users, raises red flags with European regulators, who maintain that it by default does not sufficiently safeguard user privacy as required by EU privacy rules. Ars quotes Marit Hansen of Germany's Independent Centre for Privacy Protection on why: "Hansen's main gripe is that Google's use of 'anonymous' is misleading. 'All available information points to having linkable identifiers per user," she told Computerworld. Hansen added this would allow Google to track several location entries, thus leading to her assumption that Google's 'anonymous location data' would be considered 'personal data' under the European law."
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Google Map App's Version of Anonymity Might Violate EU Privacy Laws

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  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @04:45PM (#42308511)

    I have to say I was surprised at how insistent the new iOS application is at trying to determine your location. Every time you go into it it asks for location services to be turned on. You can skip by it, but that would be the type of setting that with other programs would be a choice only made once, not pestering every time.

    It's also interesting how, when you click on a link in the newest versions of Google's iOS apps, they don't send you to Safari - they open up their own browsing window.

  • by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @04:57PM (#42308561)

    "I want turn by turn directions, and for you to redirect me when I make a wrong turn, but I don't want you to know where I'm located or where I'm headed".

    None of that follows from what I said.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal