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"You are using Google Latitude and reporting your location"

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posted on May, 28 2010 @ 03:10 PM
I just got a automatic no-reply email from the Google Latitute service for my HTC Hero Android (Google OS) phone.

It said:

date 28 may 2010 21:07
subject You are using Google Latitude and reporting your location
sent by
signed by


To protect your privacy we would like you to know that Google Latitude is running on your Android-powered device and reporting your location.

If you didn't enable this or want to stop reporting your location please open the Maps app on your device.

Go to 'Menu' > 'Latitude' > 'Privacy' and change your privacy settings.

Thanks, Google Latitude Team

Only problem, I NEVER touched my phone at that time. It was hooked up to my computer serving as a Internet gateway.

I'm a IT specialist so I know what's happening to my computer and phone at all times...


As I got curious how in the hell this got turned on without me knowing it, I went to look in the settings.

Believe it or not, it was turned off again!

What was I doing at 21:07?

I was watching some sensitive footage on the big oil spill that's coming along the Gulf....

Makes you wonder!

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 03:19 PM

Here's an interesting article with video on your computers digital footprint. It's very scary what big corporations are capable of.

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 04:08 PM
You perhaps should disable your GPS and "disable my location options" too they are in the option menu, if we dont the owners of any blog or web site can see your location within fifty metres every time you log in.
The really scary thing is when your webcam is turned on remotely and you find your remote use option has been turned on and you never checked the circle,
This happenned to me on a sports forum, there are some very clever hacks/trolls so just a heads up.

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 04:23 PM
Yes, same with the new Google Buzz. Someone can sign up to you, and look at where you are on google maps if you don't turn it off.

Also, last year it was revealed in a drug case that cell phone companies can not only turn on a phone that was turned off, but also turn on the microphone and send a one way call with everything it hears.

This is why mine is without battery most of the time, especially during drug deals! lol, just kidding!

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 09:20 PM
Are you Serious ???????

Google Chrome...NO
Google Earth.......NO
Google Search.....Hell NO

WTF? do really think their privacy is safe with Google ?

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 10:27 PM
Honestly your privacy is not safe with any company...facebook and most other social networking sites gladly share info. Especially now. Google has an information monopoly more or less.

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 11:57 PM
Perhaps the only safe way to post your beliefs (or not) on any forum is to buy a prepaid unreg phone and use it as a modem for your computer?
Iam no expert but I believe this allows only your phone companys' Ip assigned address to be shown?
Or is this untrue?
I have broadband wired.

posted on May, 29 2010 @ 05:24 AM
WOW didn't expect so many replies!

Thanks for the link there and all the other replies.

Dr Conspire, the forum owners could only use that function if Android compatible software is running on that forum.

And I need to browse it directly through my android phone for that to work.

Right now im just hooked up through my computer. They would have to crack my computer which is running Windows 7 x64.

No way they could get into the GUI of my phone and turn that function on, so they had to do it raw. Through command line.

That leaves 2 possibilities. Either it's the US government trying to map who's up-to-date on the BP spill.

Or it's a hacker trying to get in my Paypall account.

Either way, I don't give a **** cause my paypall password is nearly uncrackable and I live in the Netherlands. What yer gonna do?

Thanks for all those replies keep em coming!

posted on May, 29 2010 @ 05:28 AM
reply to post by Dr Conspire

You do have to get a data account or something like that. And that gets your name in the register.

The best way to really be invisible is through multiple proxies.

If you use like 6-10 high speed proxy connections on any internet feed no one can effectively track you easily.

They need some very heavy equipment for that kind of operation!

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