Microsoft News

Microsoft takes the Lumia 930 to the Cornbury music festival

Microsoft News

China's going after Microsoft, but what for?

Editorials

Analysis of Microsoft's Q4 2014 results

Editorials

Xbox Video and Music are getting 'streamlined' says Nadella

Surface

Video of Microsoft's secret labs offers a look into the world of Surface

Windows Phone News

5.8 million Lumia smartphones sold this last quarter

General News

Microsoft generates $23.38 billion in revenue for FY14 Q4

General News

Microsoft focuses on design to unify separate platforms

General News

Microsoft to hold one big IT conference in May 2015 as they replace TechEd [Update]

Microsoft News

Microsoft 'betrayed' Finland, says Finnish finance minister of layoffs

Editorials

Putting the Microsoft job cuts into perspective

Microsoft News

Stephen Elop explains how recent job cuts will affect Microsoft's handset division

Microsoft News

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs in the next year

Microsoft News

Microsoft layoffs allegedly happening tomorrow, will be largest in company history

Microsoft News

Microsoft widens its renewable energy commitment with wind farm deal in Illinois

Microsoft News

'Microsoft needs to change', says CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft News

Microsoft set to lay off large amounts of staff in upcoming organizational changes

Microsoft News

Microsoft issues security advisory affecting all versions of Windows, Windows Phone

General News

UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

General News

UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics that have no charge from boarding flights

2

Keeping your location private

Location sharing is a key component to Windows Phone 7. From apps to photos, your location is used with regularity when you access your Windows Phones. Curious about how location based services are used, in conjunction with Data Privacy Day 2011 (January 28, 2011), Microsoft commissioned a study on various aspects of these services.

The 1,500 person survey was conducted in December of 2010 and involved consumers in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Germany. The survey found that only 51% of the participants had used location-based services but that 94% found them to be valuable. 84% of those surveyed were worried about the services sharing their location without permission.

More after the break.

In response to the concerns expressed in the survey, Microsoft has offered a few guidelines to limit the risks when sharing your location information.

  • Pay close attention to the location privacy settings on phones, social networking sites and online applications.
  • Don't 'check in' on location-based social networking sites from home, and don't include GPS coordinates in tweets, blogs or social networking accounts.
  • Limit who you add to your social network location services, and do not make your location data publicly available or searchable.
  • Don't geo-tag photos of your house or your children. In fact, it's best to disable geo-tagging until you specifically need it.
  • Only trusted friends should know your location. If you have contacts you don't fully know or trust, it's time to do a purge.

With respect to geo-tagging photos, we found that some social networking sites erase or hide the geo-tag when you upload photos from your Windows Phone.  Unless you know for certain the sites you upload photos to keeps your location private, disabling this feature is the best option. Unfortunately, there are aspects of society who will use your location, combined with status updates and other information, to target you.  While location based services have their advantages, one has to use this growing technology with caution.

So, do you give it a second thought when you check-in on Four-Square or Tweet that you're heading out of town?  When you upload that picture of your new car do you notice if your car tag is visible or your location tagged?  Are the concerns over location based services legitimate or exaggerated? 

Not sure, follow the check out the video Microsoft put together on this very subject.  You may not agree, but it'll make you think.

Source: CNET  via: @EverythingMS

0
loading...
0
loading...
3
loading...
0
loading...

Comments

There are 2 comments. Sign in to comment

Henrippple says:

I personally hate to see people signing in to Facebook Places, showing where they geographically are at the moment. Who gives a shit and why am I not allowed to block it from my news thread? And why oh why must people tell me where they are all the time - are they that desperate to prove they at least have Some life going on? I don't think they do it for the promised rebate coupons some places offer. And if they do - then to Mordor with 'em. Self-centered bastards.

HD7guy says:

I wonder how long before home insurance companies start denying theft claims for victims who broadcast their location.