I spy a new Microsoft OS with a GPS privacy problem

I spy has a whole new meaning with Windows 7, it seems.  According to Gizmodo today:

Windows 7 has a new system-wide service that will offer very easily accessible geographical location services for all devices and programs. Unfortunately, their implementation seems half-baked in the security front, opening the door to privacy problems that even Microsoft program manager Alec Berntson didn't have a convincing answer for. What is worse: They don't plan to fix them for the final release.”

To me, serving the public also means protecting the public and companies who do not put the privacy, safety, and security of their users ahead of profit.  And I believe that ultimately, profits will shrink for the companies that do not put these things first.

Again, it is vital to teach ethics, character, and the responsibility of taking good care of those in your charge.  Trust is a huge factor between my doctor and I and yes, the company that makes my OS as that OS guards more sensitive data by the day.

I'm not a Microsoft basher but love my PC's – but the ongoing problems with security are bothersome to me as identity theft is on the rise.  Security issues and protecting our children is so important and this is certainly something should be fixed.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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