Windows Live Local Privacy Update

Microsoft developer Chandu Thota responds to concerns about how Windows Live Local gets its “Location Finder” data (about which see previous entry) by explaining how it’s done:

Location Finder sends signal strengths and MAC addresses of nearby wireless access points and standard HTTP request information such as your IP address to the Microsoft online location service. The online service calculates the user’s location from a database of known access point locations and returns an approximate longitude and latitude. If this method fails, other methods may be used such as IP address lookup.

Microsoft doesn’t do anything with the location data, he says. Via Boing Boing.

See previous entries: Some Windows Live Local Updates; Windows Live Local Goes Live; Virtual Earth to Become Windows Live Local.