Gmail - Geo location spying ?

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  1. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

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    I received several emails over the past few days via Gmail. Nobody else i know uses Gmail, so they are not something i usually see.

    As i use NoScript & RequestPolicy with very high settings i found that i had to allow certain things through in order to download a file. Amongst some the items i saw listed that wanted to run, were Geo location stuff :eek:

    Has anyone else noticed this ? And if so how do you handle it etc ?
     
  2. Eice

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    Um, you ARE aware that Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera are ALL set by default to prompt the user whenever a site requests geolocation data, right?
     
  3. Fad

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    I can`t say I`ve seen anything to do with geolocation other than disabling it in Firefox when it first appeared...no requests, emails or anything.

    the more they seem to add to Firefox, the more I seem to disable ;)

    the config entry is called "geo.enabled"...other than that, I really don`t understand why sites or anyone needs to know even my vague location :doubt:
     
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    Let's say that you want pizza. Wouldn't you want pizza locally? Or perhaps you're organizing a flash mob ;)
     
  5. CloneRanger

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    This isn't a FF thread :p even though i appreciate any input :thumb:

    It's about the fact that there was Gmail geolocate stuff imbedded into an email with an att. that i was retrieving from Hotmail, not Gmail !

    I find it very strange that geo stuff from Gmail should be in a Hotmail email ?

    If others don't find this odd/disturbing etc, fine, but i do ;)

    Geolocation is disabled in Firefox here, but that doesn't affect what Gmail was trying to do.
     
  6. Eice

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    You seem very convinced it was "geolocation stuff". What do you mean by that, and why are you so sure.
     
  7. CloneRanger

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    Because as i said, i saw the alerts for them.

    I'm going to log out and see if i still have the email, if so i'll post back with some screenies of exactly what i see.
     
  8. Eice

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    What alerts?

    If you had geolocation disabled in Fx, it will deny geolocation requests silently and not prompt you at all, while NoScript certainly has no such thing as a geolocation warning, at least not last I checked.
     
  9. CloneRanger

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    The ones i mentioned in my first post ;) From the the RequestPolicy add on in FF

    Anyway, bloody typical :( i logged into Hotmail and the email is still there. I tried various allows to various NoScript & RequestPolicy alerts, but this time no Gmail stuff ?

    I wonder if it's because once i had DL'd it the first time that was enough ?

    Well i'm not satisfied, so i'm going to ask someone to send me another Gmail email with att. and hopefully grab some screenies to post.

    I know what i saw, that's why i started this thread. I'm NOT saying i was just sure i saw what i did, i KNOW i did = Fact.
     
  10. Eice

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    Um, no, RequestPolicy doesn't have such a thing as a geolocation alert either. It's just meant to control CSRF exploits, and that's it.
     
  11. CloneRanger

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    I know it doesn't have a specific geo alert, i never said it did :D

    What i saw was Gmail geo something or other mentioned in either the NoScript alerts or in the RequestPolicy ones. I'm certain it was RequestPolicy though, but either way i saw several.

    I had to click on the icon on my taskbar to see them, and then allow.

    I've PM'd someone and asked for a send, and as soon as i get it, i'll post what i find.
     
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    Is it in a troll's TOS to pretend they haven't read the first post? :blink:
     
  13. Eice

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    Yes, please do. I'm sure Poosey would be more than willing to lend you a hand.
     
  14. CloneRanger

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    Someone very kindly sent me a Gmail email with att. ;) to try and replicate the other one. This time i saw no geo stuff ?

    The other Gmail email came from a "certain" person :D on a "certain" forum www, not this one, and via someone elses PM email, not theirs :eek:

    I'm wondering if that "might" have something to do with it, if not they could "possibly" have tinkered with something hoping to geo locate me ? :eek: Not that i'm bothered as this person is OK and i trust them, but is VERY clever and anything techy is possible with this person, who "could" have done it, just because they can !

    That's all presuming it would be possible for them to do that with Gmail. If not i'm at a loss to explain the Geo stuff i Definately saw. I might never see it again, but i DID see it. If i do i'll let you know, as i want to know.
     
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