Google announced last week that it will soon add real-time location sharing to Google Maps. The feature set appears to be very reminiscent of Google Latitude, which was introduced (way back) in 2009. Location sharing will undoubtedly be a popular option for many, but, it may raise some real concerns for others.
According to Google, you can:
- See where your friends are and what they are up to
- Quickly contact them with SMS, IM, or a phone call
- Maintain complete control over your privacy but only if the user applies the available controls
The new sharing features appear to have solid controls; it’s opt-in, has time limitations, et cetera. But still, if you’re concerned about leaking your location, be sure to review the settings when you receive the update. With Google Maps being so popular with a significant number of users “Latitude” is about to be reborn in a big way.
(Thanks to https://labsblog.f-secure.com/ for this update)