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Microsoft Releases Mobile Data Collection Source Code 69

Posted by timothy
from the but-the-secret-room-isn't-in-the-blueprints dept.
mikejuk writes "To avoid the problems that Google and Apple have had with collecting WiFi data and privacy issues Microsoft has just released [some of] the source code used in its mobile data collection system. The code shows how the phones that it drives around don't collect any personal data — just WiFi and cell tower identification so that they can be used in geolocation. The source code is a great educational resouce but as to proving that Microsoft is doing the right thing it just doesn't work. First off, it isn't complete. Second, who is to say that it is the code used in the phones? That's the point of software — it's easy to change. Now if only we can provoke them to release large chunks of Windows or Windows Phone 7...."
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Microsoft Releases Mobile Data Collection Source Code

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  • by eln (21727) on Thursday July 07, 2011 @05:06PM (#36688378) Homepage

    I don't know how this one made it through the slashdot filters to be published.

    You must be new here.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 07, 2011 @05:10PM (#36688404)

    Somehow I get the feeling a full release of the source code still wouldn't be enough to satiate the nerdy masses.

    The source code is a great educational resouce but as to proving that Microsoft is doing the right thing it just doesn't work. First off, it isn't complete. Second, who is to say that it is the code used in the phones? That's the point of software — it's easy to change.

    It explains it right there! You see Microsoft, with their history of deceit, lies and downright badliness are obviously hiding something. And I know what it is.

    The real software gets passwords, IP, MAC addresses, of everyone connected and people's names and SSNs - that's how devious they are.

    And on authority that I can't name right now, Microsoft has in fact bought the Illuminati and is planning on calling it "Microsoft Illuminati"! Really it's true.

    But there's more and here's the really scary part: they bought the NSA. Yep! That's where they got the software from!

    I can't go into more because the Microsoft Brain Scanner is running, but they also are behind Al-Qaeda!

    Microsoft is spying on everyone and be careful!

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