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  1.    17 Jul 2015 #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    Microsoft has this information whether the installation is linked to an MSA or not as well as IP and ISP data, location thru WiFi or GPs etc. It's all a bit scary.
    GPS?? Seriously.. I don't think so in the slightest.
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  2.    17 Jul 2015 #32
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    Mobile phones use GPS for location. Windows 10 phones & tablets will do too.
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  3.    17 Jul 2015 #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    Mobile phones use GPS for location. Windows 10 phones & tablets will do too.
    Not desktop.
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  4.    17 Jul 2015 #34
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    One OS to rule them all...
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  5.    17 Jul 2015 #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    One OS to rule them all...
    A GPS would require hardware to perform that task and I for one don't have that. So how would that work??
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  6.    17 Jul 2015 #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    ...location thru WiFi or GPs (sic)...
    I believe I wrote "or", but you picked up my typo "GPs" and sensed my meaning "GPS"
    AFAIK, WiFi is commonly used to obtain location information for home installations, with the installation using a router which usually broadcasts unique Mac address information and Google Maps has been down your street sniffing out this data. Unless you use your Android phone on your home Wifi, when Google has not only your GPS and Wifi Mac address (home address too), but your Mobile Number, too. Oh, and your name and probably credit card details too, and everyone elses Wifi that you might have had access to. Even More Scary.
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  7.    17 Jul 2015 #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    I believe I wrote "or", but you picked up my typo "GPs" and sensed my meaning "GPS"
    AFAIK, WiFi is commonly used to obtain location information for home installations, with the installation using a router which usually broadcasts unique Mac address information and Google Maps has been down your street sniffing out this data. Unless you use your Android phone on your home Wifi, when Google has not only your GPS and Wifi Mac address (home address too), but your Mobile Number, too. Oh, and your name and probably credit card details too, and everyone elses Wifi that you might have had access to. Even More Scary.
    In my case .. no WiFi.. no issue with that.
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  8.    17 Jul 2015 #38
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    It's all a bit of fun really, but there is an awful lot of Data we leak even without knowing it. When I first got Windows 8, and the location found me perfectly I was really impressed, until I realised I had given my Postcode at some point - which locates me to about 50 yards. In a previous time I was erroneously located where my ISP had its server - and thus my IP address location - about 35 miles away.

    In the UK, domestic WiFi is almost mandatory, but my ISP locates my nearest box in the street anyway, since that's where fibre ends and the last few yards are in copper. I'm guessing your 88.38 Mbps is probably Fiber too, so your distribution cabinet probably locates your installation.

    Here's a paragraph from the Geolocation API:

    The Geolocation API defines a high-level interface to location information associated only with the device hosting the implementation, such as latitude and longitude. The API itself is agnostic of the underlying location information sources. Common sources of location information include Global Positioning System (GPS) and location inferred from network signals such as IP address, RFID, WiFi and Bluetooth MAC addresses, and GSM/CDMA cell IDs, as well as user input. No guarantee is given that the API returns the device's actual location.
    I've also heard that the area code on your telephone can be used as a rough location too, if you have any dial-up services or accounts that require a land-line number. And your cellphone triangulates your position to local phone service masts.
    Last edited by Fafhrd; 19 Jul 2015 at 10:45.
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