11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2010 12:26 AM by Nicholas_J
Nicholas_J Level 1 Level 1

I live in China and often access the Internet through VPN. I was a little surprised when I clicked the little round button in google maps that is supposed to find me and it zeroed in on my building, almost right over my head in fact.

I'm not so worried about this, because I was prompted if I wanted to share my location first, and I can always turn the feature off. But still, how the **** does Safari 5 know where I am within a few feet, through a VPN?

MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Reply by Carolyn Samit on Jun 15, 2010 11:07 AM Helpful

If you have an iPhone, that's why that's happening.

Read here: iPhone and iPod touch: Understanding Location Services

Reply by 0g on Jul 25, 2010 11:36 AM Helpful
I have the same issue / question. On my desktop Mac, very precise lat/long came up, posted here:


Apple support says Location Services in Snow Leopard uses wi-fi for approximate location, but these would presumably be databased public and/or open wi-fi hotspots, not my personal encrypted access points.

I find it rather disturbing to be so precise when there is no apparent mechanism for where the data is coming from. Even a lookup of my (dynamic) IP address in a commercial database would yield only the general metro area.

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