location tracking
(09-27-2020, 02:14 AM)ergo owl Wrote: Would be really interesting to know if changing the setting:

# Enable WiFi source

would stop all data collection of WiFi access points as you described in your first paragraph. Also besides the BSSID is there other information being sent along as well? Say for example the MAC address of the different APs?

When I switched of the WiFi source it instead sent mobile information. Turning off one 3g or cdma made no difference. Turning off both made it send an empty query (so still contacting the server).

The information that is sent is documented in the API documentation so for WiFi it is access point MAC and signal strength (for all the visible networks) and for GSM it is celltower information.
(09-27-2020, 04:44 AM)bcnaz Wrote: IF .... a fifty dollar hand held gps receiver can pin point its own location ?
                  Then what is all this Microsoft style bloatware still doing in an "open source" program.?

It's because GPS is terribly, terribly slow to get an initial location fix, and doesn't work well in built up areas with tall buildings, and flat out doesn't work at all indoors. Wifi and cell tower location is inaccurate compared to GPS but does have the advantage of someone in an office sat at a desk being able to quickly find out where the nearest coffee shop that might have oat milk is located.

Fortunately we're not at the behest of Mozilla Location Services. We can all run our own Ichnaea server if we wish. https://ichnaea.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ and download the location data to populate it with. https://ichnaea.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

We could also run this service on our pinephones if we so desired.
The GPS is _much_ quicker and gets a more reliable fix if you use AGPS - so long as you don't mind making a web request to fetch the AGPS data.

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