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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi 112

Bismillah writes: The Preferred Network Offload feature in Android extends battery life, but it also leaks location data, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. What's more, the same flaw is found in Apple OS X and Windows 7. "This location history comes in the form of the names of wireless networks your phone has previously connected to. These frequently identify places you've been, including homes ('Tom’s Wi-Fi'), workplaces ('Company XYZ office net'), churches and political offices ('County Party HQ'), small businesses ('Toulouse Lautrec's house of ill-repute'), and travel destinations ('Tehran Airport wifi'). This data is arguably more dangerous than that leaked in previous location data scandals because it clearly denotes in human language places that you've spent enough time to use the Wi-Fi."
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

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  • by itzly ( 3699663 ) on Friday July 04, 2014 @09:36AM (#47383525)

    I have one neighbor that for some insane reason named his after his address. 123 Johnson road

    Even worse, I have a neighbor who has his house number plainly visible right next to his front door, and the name of the street is clearly marked at the intersection. Total nutcase, if you ask me. Anybody who knows his address can just go and visit him.

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