Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Google. Offering stalkers better ways to stalk.

Does this scare the shit out of anyone else?



Google Offers New Program To Track People
Latitude Software Released Today
POSTED: Wednesday, February 4, 2009



Google
SAN FRANCISCO -- There's a new people tracker out there.
Google Latitude
A software program being released by Google on Wednesday will let just about anybody with a cell phone or other wireless device find out instantly where they are. Other people can find out where they are too -- say, parents who want to keep tabs on junior.
The program is an upgrade to Google's mobile maps. It's being marketed as a way to know exactly where you are and share your whereabouts with family and friends. Google's product manager said it "adds a social flavor" to Google maps and makes them "more fun."
In a concession to snooping concerns, it's easy for the user to switch off the tracking device. It's also possible to set it up so it will identify only the city where you are, not the exact location.
And Google promises it won't be retaining information on users' movements.
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2 comments:

Aimee' said...

omg - that is seriously scary! Way to go Google! People can already see your house from the street view on Google...now they will know if you're home or not so they can break in! WTG!

Kristina White said...

Well, this smells like something a college kid would come up with - hmmmm.....wonder which bar all my friends are hanging out at, let me check my phone! Might have been helpful for me then when I was trying to avoid a few people, but now it's scary and another reason I won't add it to my computer "tools".