15 Nov '11, 8am

Google Announces “_nomap” WiFi Opt-out Option, Wants Other Location Providers To Go Along

Google Announces “_nomap” WiFi Opt-out Option, Wants Other Location Providers To Go Along

As promised, Google has announced a way for WiFi router owners to stop Google from including them in the company’s location database. The opt-out requires a change in the name of the wireless network (the SSID) to include _nomap at the end of the name. In other words, if your wireless network is named “McGeehome,” you’d need to rename that to “McGeehome_nomap.” (And frankly, I’d prefer you use your own last name while you’re at it.) Google says this method “provides the right balance of simplicity as well as protection against abuse. Specifically, this approach helps protect against others opting out your access point without your permission.” The company is also encouraging other location providers to adopt and respect the _nomap signal in the future. In its help pages , Google says its system will pick up the new SSID name and process the opt-out the next time your route...

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