Google Latitude is a new function added to Google Earth for mobile phones. Latitude service uses data from mobile phone masts, GPS, or wi-fi hardware to update a user’s location automatically. Users can choose to share their location with friends.
Latitude is based on Google’s My Location feature that has been in place since 2008. It can be downloaded by pointing your mobiles browser to http://google.com/latitude. It currently works with:
- Android Powered devices
- IPhone & IPod Touch
- Most Blackberries
- Most Windows Mobile 5.0 and Symbian S60
- (J2ME) Java enabled devices like the Samsung Tocco to be available soon
Security and privacy concerns
The BBC Technology website has released an article on the concerns over the security and privacy issues this new Google feature may bring to its users.
“..privacy watchdog Privacy International argues that there are
opportunities for abuse of the system for those who may not know that
their phone is broadcasting its location.” – Extracted from BBC Technology