SFGate.com is running a story on how Google’s plan to give San Francisco free wi-fi will mean that Google will be able to track the location of anyone logged into its wi-fi network.
Privacy advocates are raising concerns about Google Inc.’s plans to cover San Francisco with free wireless Internet access, calling the company’s proposal to track users’ locations a potential gold mine of information for law enforcement and private litigators.
The Mountain View search engine intends to use the geographic data to match users with advertising so that they would see marketing messages from neighborhood businesses such as pizza parlors, cafes and book stores.
Aw, come on guys – sure this will allow Google to log your whereabouts – so what? Your mobile phone is already broadcasting your location to your mobile operator all the time it is switched on. The police can (and do) subpoena mobile operators for suspect’s location data.
Privacy has been an illusion for quite some time now.
UPDATE – I see AP have picked up this story now as well.