Thursday, July 19, 2012

Google Knows Where You Are

Trip to Holland last April easily traced
Should you allow Google to track your whereabouts?

Whether or not you should allow Google to track your location at any given time or not, that's a question a lot of people find difficult to answer.

Some are clearly against geo tracking. In fact, the thought alone is so repulsive to them they won't even consider whether or not it may have some advantages. After all, it remains a private matter. Or does it?

Is turning such functionality off sufficient enough to "protect yourself" against it, or do we continually witness an increasingly number of online interactions which eventually makes it impossible to hide our tracks?

Cons are easy to find. Any pros..? Easy to find friends and family when you need to. Supporting rescue teams to help save people from danger. Documenting holidays, like I did (see picture). Sophisticated augmented reality apps... There's more.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on Google geo tracking, as it remains an extremely sensitive issue, for sure. Should we allow it? If so, why? What are, in your opinion, the pros and cons of geo tracking?

BTW, a lot of interesting material online about the effects of geo tagging, and the like. As well a growing number of apps making clever use of it, e.g. foursquare. Does this mark the end of "Yellow pages" and the like!?

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