Nov 172009
 November 17, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Online, Surveillance

Michael Zimmer writes:

When Google launched Google Latitude 9 months ago, they took steps to ensure users’ locational privacy was protected. Among the most important privacy-protecting features was the fact that Google didn’t keep a log of user locations on its servers; only the most recent locational ping was stored. Not even law enforcement could gain access to a user’s location history. This design decision, apparently made in consultation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was a very positive step for Google, who I have taken issue in the past with regard to its approach to (not) protecting locational privacy.

Last week, however, this all changed. Google announced two new “features” in Latitude: Location History and Location Alerts.


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