Earlier this year, Google got in some hot water for accidentally pulling Wi-Fi network information from people using the company's Street View cars. Privacy advocates weren't happy, and now the Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, confirmed that Google's no longer collecting that information from its vehicles.
Instead, Google will be relying on location-based data provided by users of Android phones as part of an opt-in service. The Google Maps Navigation application will work with both the GPS and the wireless network chip to help Google build and update its database of addresses.
Collected are MAC address, signal strength, channel signal-to-noise and SSID, which help to improve location services for devices that connect to the Internet.
"With Android, location-sharing is opt-in," Google spokeswoman Christine Chen said today. "Whether we're talking about location provider services or individual apps that use location, Android provides users with notice and control over collection of location, sharing of location and use of location to help provide a better mobile experience...We don't share individual location collected from user devices with any applications or services."